"The impacts on the west coast will be minimal, but they won't be zero,"
Much depends on the Category 3 storm's track -- even a little shift to the west could mean a big difference for
The tropical storm warning, which was posted Tuesday, means sustained tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph, but less than hurricane-force winds of 74 mph, are expected in the warning area by Thursday. The warning is meant to give residents enough time to make preparations, such as securing outdoor items. Winds could be accompanied by flooding.
Winds will gradually increase, first in inland areas and then coastal areas, through the day Thursday and conditions will begin to improve Friday: "There is no start or stop time," Van Winkle said.
Under a partial activation, 17 of the 56 public safety agencies that would normally staff the EOC at full activation will have representatives on hand overnight Thursday. They include power companies, fire and rescue crews, road and bridge maintenance crews, and utilities crews, Summers said, He said the county has no plans to open shelters or order evacuations.
"We wanted to be here just in case there's a shift (in the storm's projected track)," Summers said.
"We do not want to see a loss of life, and protecting a life is our No. 1 priority," Scott said.
On the state's east coast,
"This is a unique and dangerous hurricane. People need to take evasive action," said
The manager of
"We're also telling people that they don't have to wait until
Weather officials say the accompanying storm surge from the hurricane could send waves crashing across some low-lying portions of
"With the current track of the storm, roadway maintenance is not anticipating any other roadway flooding," she said.
Some Home Depot shoppers in
"Most people don't want to wait for a truck (to deliver more supplies)," Figard said. "They're just trying to be prepared."
Locals, too, were buying up supplies, mostly cases of bottled water, batteries and flashlights, Figard said. "Nothing too crazy," she said.
"Everything's smooth," he said.
One concern for this region is
The company recommends that insurance agents not offer policies in communities just south of the lake. Only
Lake levels have been a few inches above the
Releases earlier this year caused water quality issues on both coasts, and freshwater from the St. Lucie river flowed north to the
The surface of the lake was at nearly 16 feet Wednesday, but Corps officials said they are prepared for the storm.
"We conduct these inspections as the water level rises on
District officials said Wednesday their canals and water control structures are prepared for Matthew.
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