Hurricane Statement

Published 08/31 2016 12:15PM

Updated 08/31 2016 12:15PM

Issued at: 08/31/2016 12:13:00 PM EDT
Expires on: 08/31/2016 8:15:00 PM EDT
Counties affected: Bay ALZ065>069-FLZ007>019-026>029-034-108-112-114-115-118-127-128-134-GAZ120>131-142>148-155>161-010015- TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 12 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL AL092016 1213 PM EDT WED AUG 31 2016 /1113 AM CDT WED AUG 31 2016/ THIS PRODUCT COVERS EASTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...FLORIDA BIG BEND...SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA ...TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN INTO A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY... NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR COLQUITT...COOK...BERRIEN...DECATUR...GRADY...THOMAS ...BROOKS...LOWNDES AND LANIER * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR COASTAL FRANKLIN...COASTAL JEFFERSON...COASTAL WAKULLA...COASTAL TAYLOR AND COASTAL DIXIE - A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR COASTAL FRANKLIN...COASTAL JEFFERSON...COASTAL WAKULLA...COASTAL TAYLOR AND COASTAL DIXIE - A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR INLAND GULF...INLAND FRANKLIN...GADSDEN...LEON...INLAND JEFFERSON...MADISON...LIBERTY...INLAND WAKULLA...INLAND TAYLOR...LAFAYETTE...INLAND DIXIE...COASTAL BAY AND COASTAL GULF - A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR COLQUITT...COOK...BERRIEN...DECATUR...GRADY...THOMAS...BROOKS...LOWNDES AND LANIER * STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 410 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF PANAMA CITY OR ABOUT 460 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF TALLAHASSEE - 24.6N 88.0W - STORM INTENSITY 35 MPH - MOVEMENT STATIONARY SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ARE NOW IN EFFECT FOR ALL OFFSHORE WATERS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND AREAS, THE ADJACENT COASTAL SECTIONS, AS WELL AS INLAND COUNTIES ALONG I-10 AND EAST OF THE APALACHACOLA RIVER. TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE CONTINUES A SLOW MOVEMENT TO THE NORTH AND IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BEGIN MOVING NORTHEAST LATER TODAY AND INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED AND APPROACH THE FLORIDA BIG BEND AND PANHANDLE COASTLINE THURSDAY NIGHT. THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY ON THE INTENSITY FORECAST AND THIS SYSTEM COULD BECOME A HURRICANE PRIOR TO LANDFALL. THEREFORE, HURRICANE WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE OFFSHORE WATERS AND COASTAL SECTIONS OF THE FLORIDA BIG BEND. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: PROTECT AGAINST DANGEROUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ACROSS THE FLORIDA BIG BEND. 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. * SURGE: PROTECT AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING SURGE HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ACROSS THE FLORIDA BIG BEND AND APALACHEE BAY. POTENTIAL IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE: - AREAS OF INUNDATION FROM STORM SURGE FLOODING, COMPOUNDED BY HIGHER WAVES. NON-ELEVATED HOMES AND BUSINESSES ALONG THE COAST WILL BE SUBJECT TO FLOODING PRIMARILY ON THE GROUND FLOOR. - SECTIONS OF COASTAL HIGHWAYS AND ACCESS ROADS WILL BE FLOODED WITH PORTIONS WASHED OUT, ISOLATING AFFECTED COASTAL COMMUNITIES. - MODERATE BEACH EROSION WITH DAMAGE TO THE DUNE LINE. - MODERATE DAMAGE TO MARINAS, DOCKS, AND PIERS. SMALL CRAFT NOT SECURED PRIOR TO THE STORM WILL BREAK AWAY FROM MOORINGS. * FLOODING RAIN: PROTECT AGAINST DANGEROUS RAINFALL FLOODING HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ACROSS THE FLORIDA BIG BEND AND SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: - MODERATE FLOODING FROM RAINFALL WILL PROMPT EXTRA PREPARATION TO PROTECT PROPERTY FROM FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS. ISOLATED EVACUATIONS MAY BECOME NECESSARY. - RIVERS AND ASSOCIATED TRIBUTARY CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL RISE TO BANKFULL LEVELS AND POSSIBLY REACH FLOOD STAGE. RUNOFF WILL FILL AREA HOLDING PONDS AND DRAINAGE DITCHES, INCREASING THE POTENTIAL FOR URBAN FLOODING WITH ADDITIONAL RAINFALL. - FLOOD WATERS WILL APPROACH STRUCTURES IN LOW LYING AREAS. URBAN FLOODING WILL RESULT IN ISOLATED ROAD CLOSURES. DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. * TORNADOES: PROTECT AGAINST A TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS THE FLORIDA BIG BEND. 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. ELSEWHERE ACROSS EASTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...FLORIDA BIG BEND...SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- 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. IF YOU ARE RELOCATING TO SAFE SHELTER, LEAVE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. IF HEADING TO A COMMUNITY SHELTER, BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SHELTER RULES BEFORE ARRIVAL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS OR OWN A PET. TAKE ESSENTIAL ITEMS WITH YOU FROM YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT. CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST BEFORE DEPARTING. FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SHELTER MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE. ALWAYS HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ANY ORDERS THAT ARE ISSUED. REMEMBER, DURING THE STORM 9 1 1 EMERGENCY SERVICES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY RESPOND IF CONDITIONS ARE UNSAFE. THIS SHOULD BE A BIG FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION MAKING. 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. CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. BE READY TO ADAPT TO POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE FORECAST. NEXT UPDATE ----------- THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE FL AS CONDITIONS WARRANT. $$

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