It was moving to the north-northeast at 14 mph. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Big Bend area of
Mariners are reminded that
The captain of the port has set condition ZULU for
Strong rip currents are expected even after the storm passes. Double red flags are flying, which means the water is closed to swimming.
Residents and visitors are asked to remain indoors, as roads are not safe for travel, the PCBPD says. Do not attempt to cross flooded roadways. All PCBPD officers are on duty at this time, or "100 percent operational," according to a statement.
The forecast track for Tropical Storm Hermine continues to track farther east, with the latest projections placing the center of the storm offshore
The tropical storm warning and hurricane watch have been canceled for
Maximum sustained winds are 70 mph. Winds of 74-95 mph qualify as a Category 1 hurricane. Tropical storm-force winds are extending up to 185 miles from the center of the storm but have not reached the 50 mph needed to close bridges in
A hurricane warning is in effect from the
Storm surge is expected to be 1-3 feet from
The shelter will serve special needs populations and the general public. People in need of transportation assistance to the facility may call 850-248-6090. For more information about what to bring to the shelter, please visit redcross.org. Convicted sex offenders may shelter at the
Weather conditions will begin to diminish Thursday afternoon. Currently, Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to bring winds of 40 mph or higher, a storm surge of one to three feet and two to four inches of rainfall.
NOTE: Bridges in
Gulf County Public Works said about
For additional information contact
Double red flags are posted at
Gulf Coast Jam sponsors have released the following information:
"With an excess of five inches of rain and sustained winds up to 40 miles-per-hour expected on Thursday night, the overnight wind storm will create a hazardous situation that requires the stage and festival tents to be taken down and secured," organizers wrote in a press release. "Even though the storm is expected to have passed the City by early Friday morning, there is not enough time necessary this weekend to reconstruct the festival venue and performance stage."
"Safety is the first concern for our visitors, country music fans and the festival organizers and sponsors,"
"In 30 years of business, this is the first time I've even been a part of something like this," Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Executive Producer
All tickets are eligible for refunds, or fans can keep their tickets in the system and redeem them at next year's festival. Details will be posted next week at www.gulfcoastjam.com.
Officials confirm the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, which was scheduled for
"This shelter opening is so that people who live in mobile homes, live in low-lying areas who for any reason are uncomfortable staying in their home in this event tonight," said
The center has opened on a Level 2 basis in preparation of the tropical storm.
Bowen urged people to be off the roads before dark, saying there is a chance bridges could be closed if there are sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.
"We encourage people to be off the road before we have the onset of tropical storm force winds," Bowen said. "Sustained tropical force winds could be here by nightfall, so I encourage everybody to prepare for this storm. Get ready. Make sure they've got some water at home. They've got some non-perishable food items. Get their car full of fuel. Make sure they have batteries with flashlight. The whole nine yards -- everything that the plan calls for. And let's be off the road before nightfall."
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is still on for the weekend, promoters confirm. The show will go on, rain or shine.
Surf warning flags on beaches in
During periods of heavy rain, you may be experiencing difficulties with your sewage system not functioning properly. If you have a septic system that operates by a dosing pump, it will not function without electricity. You should refrain from using water in your home as much as possible until electricity is restored. Without the pump working, the tanks will fill and may cause backups of sewage in your home.
General precautions, as suggested by the
If you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area, the ground in your area may be saturated from heavy rainfalls or flooding. You should use household water as little as possible to prevent backups of sewage into your home
What should I do if sewage backs up? If a sewage backup has occurred in your home, stay out of affected areas and keep children away. If your entire home has been saturated, abandon the home until all affected areas, including but not limited to carpets, rugs, sheetrock, drywall, and baseboards, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
If sewage has overflowed in open areas or streets, etc., avoid these areas and keep children out of these areas. If you are having problems in areas served by sewer systems, please contact your utility company to insure they are aware of problems in your area.
"Staff is severely limited due to other storm preparations so officials advise
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classes are canceled for this afternoon and Friday, and faculty and staff will be released
tropical storm conditions are not expected to reach our area until sometime Thursday
evening. Pleases check the pc.fsu.edu website for update.
Many schools, including
The storm continues to strengthen, according to the
A Hurricane Watch is in affect from
The latest advisory covers the eastern Florida
Hermine continues to generally move north-northeastward toward the
Impact wise, bands of heavy rain are currently affecting portions of the Big
Bend this morning and will continue through the day prior to landfall. Storm surge inundation is expected to begin by this afternoon along the coast. The main impacts re expected to begin this evening/tonight, including wind damage -- especially tree damage resulting in power outages, flooding rains and isolated tornadoes. Evacuations are
currently in effect for some coastal areas. Please follow guidance from local authorities.
Tropical Storm Hermine continues to generally move north-northeastward toward the
Protect against life-threatening surge having possible extensive impacts across the big bend area. Potential impacts in this area include:
- Widespread and deep inundation from storm surge flooding compounded by large, powerful battering waves. significant structural damage to homes and business of average construction in the area, with some washed away. people in one or two story structures not heeding evacuation orders face significant injury or death. floating debris will create further damage. areas may be uninhabitable for days.
- Coastal highways and secondary access roads will be washed out or rendered impassable, isolating coastal communities.
- Significant beach erosion with new shoreline cuts possible.
- Significant damage to marinas, docks, and piers. small craft not secured prior to the storm will break away from moorings potentially washing ashore and being stranded.
Potential impacts in this area include:
- Moderate damage to frame built homes, primarily due to the loss of roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. some windows and garage doors may fail. mobile homes damaged, some significantly if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become projectiles.
- Several large trees uprooted; some snapped. some large roadway signs blown over.
- A few primary and some secondary roads are impassible due to debris.
- Scattered power and communication outages; some locally significant, lasting for days.
Potential impacts include:
- Major flooding from rainfall will prompt evacuations in flood prone areas. those not heeding evacuations in these locations face serious injury or death.
- Rivers and associated tributary creeks and stream will rise and overflow into the flood plain. runoff will put stress on area holding ponds and drainage ditches, increasing the likelihood of widespread urban flooding.
- Flood waters will impact structures in low lying areas, as well as those in the flood plain, possibly entering buildings. urban flooding will result in several road closures and some washouts. a few overpasses may be weakened by fast moving flood waters. driving conditions are very dangerous.
Potential impacts include:
- Isolated tornadoes are expected, resulting in a notable impact to affected communities.
- Isolated areas affected by tornadoes will experience minor damage, including some damage to structures and sporadic power and communication outages.
- A few structures will be damaged by tornadoes, mainly with loss of shingles or siding. some mobile homes will be significantly damaged, especially those unanchored. large trees will be snapped or uprooted.
Other coastal hazards:
There is a high risk for rip currents along all area beaches.
For those under evacuation orders, leave as soon as practical with a destination in mind. gas up your vehicle well ahead of time. be sure that you take all essential materials from your emergency supplies kit. let others know where you are going and when you intend to arrive.
If you are exceptionally vulnerable to wind or water hazards from tropical systems, consider voluntary evacuation, especially if being officially recommended. relocate to a predetermined shelter or safe destination.
If evacuating away from the area or relocating to a nearby shelter, leave early before weather conditions become hazardous.
Do not return to evacuated areas until hazardous winds diminish and flood waters abate.
OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION
Now is the time to bring to completion all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan.
Outside preparations should be wrapped up as soon as possible before weather conditions completely deteriorate. any remaining evacuations and relocations should be expedited before the onset of tropical storm force wind.
Keep cell phones well charged and handy. also, cell phone chargers for automobiles can be helpful after the storm. locate your chargers and keep them with your cell phone.
In emergencies it is best to remain calm. stay informed and focused on the situation at hand. exercise patience with those you encounter.
Be a good Samaritan and helpful to others.
If you are a visitor and still in the area, listen for the name of the city or town in which you are staying within local news updates. Be sure you know the name of the county in which it resides. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities.
CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS
The tropical storm warning has been upgraded to a hurricane warning for inland and coastal
A hurricane watch remains in effect for inland
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for inland
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