Hurricane Statement

Published 08/31 2016 11:40PM

Updated 08/31 2016 11:40PM

Issued at: 08/31/2016 11:35:00 PM EDT
Expires on: 09/01/2016 7:45:00 AM EDT
Counties affected: Walton GAZ001>009-011>016-019>025-027-030>039-041>062-066>076-078>086-089>098-102>113-011145- TROPICAL STORM HERMINE LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 14 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA AL092016 1135 PM EDT WED AUG 31 2016 THIS PRODUCT COVERS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA ...TROPICAL STORM HERMINE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS SOUTH GEORGIA ON FRIDAY... NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - NONE * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WASHINGTON...GLASCOCK...JEFFERSON...TWIGGS...WILKINSON... JOHNSON...EMANUEL...SCHLEY...MACON...PEACH...HOUSTON...BLECKLEY... LAURENS...TREUTLEN...SUMTER...DOOLY...CRISP...PULASKI...WILCOX... DODGE...TELFAIR...WHEELER...MONTGOMERY AND TOOMBS * STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 470 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF COLUMBUS GA OR ABOUT 520 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF MACON GA - 25.8N 87.0W - STORM INTENSITY 60 MPH - MOVEMENT NORTH-NORTHEAST OR 25 DEGREES AT 10 MPH SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ TROPICAL STORM HERMINE CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO. HERMINE IS EXPECTED TO DRIFT NORTH AND NORTHEAST TOWARD THE NORTHWEST FLORIDA COAST BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THERE IS SOME POTENTIAL FOR THE SYSTEM TO STRENGTHEN TO A HURRICANE BEFORE MAKING LANDFALL ON THE NORTHWEST FLORIDA COAST LATE THURSDAY EVENING OR EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. TROPICAL STORM HERMINE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS SOUTH GEORGIA ON FRIDAY. BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK, TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE JUST SOUTH OF A LINE FROM AMERICUS TO WARNER ROBINS TO LOUISVILLE BEGINNING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR AREAS ALONG AND SOUTH OF THIS LINE. IN ADDITION TO STRONG WINDS ON FRIDAY... THERE IS ALSO A SIGNIFICANT THREAT FOR FLOODING WITH SOME LOCATIONS ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA RECEIVING AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. THESE RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODING. THE GREATEST FLASH FLOOD THREAT WILL BE MAINLY EAST OF A CORDELE TO MACON TO WASHINGTON LINE WHERE A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTH AND PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE: - SOME DAMAGE TO ROOFING AND SIDING MATERIALS, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, AND SHEDS. A FEW BUILDINGS EXPERIENCING WINDOW, DOOR, AND GARAGE DOOR FAILURES. MOBILE HOMES DAMAGED, ESPECIALLY IF UNANCHORED. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BECOME DANGEROUS PROJECTILES. - SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SEVERAL FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. - SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM LARGE DEBRIS, AND MORE WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. A FEW BRIDGES, CAUSEWAYS, AND ACCESS ROUTES IMPASSABLE. - SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, BUT MORE PREVALENT IN AREAS WITH ABOVE GROUND LINES. ALSO, PREPARE FOR HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTH AND PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. * FLOODING RAIN: PREPARE FOR LOCALLY HAZARDOUS RAINFALL FLOODING HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: - LOCALIZED RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT A FEW EVACUATIONS. - RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY RISE WITH SWIFTER CURRENTS. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, ARROYOS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME SWOLLEN AND OVERFLOW IN SPOTS. - FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER A FEW STRUCTURES, ESPECIALLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE SPOTS. A FEW PLACES WHERE RAPID PONDING OF WATER OCCURS AT UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SEVERAL STORM DRAINS AND RETENTION PONDS BECOME NEAR-FULL AND BEGIN TO OVERFLOW. SOME BRIEF ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES. * TORNADOES: PREPARE FOR A TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS SOUTH AND PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE: - THE OCCURRENCE OF ISOLATED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS. - A FEW PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE, ALONG WITH POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTIONS. - LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS PEELED OFF BUILDINGS, CHIMNEYS TOPPLED, MOBILE HOMES PUSHED OFF FOUNDATIONS OR OVERTURNED, LARGE TREE TOPS AND BRANCHES SNAPPED OFF, SHALLOW-ROOTED TREES KNOCKED OVER, MOVING VEHICLES BLOWN OFF ROADS, AND SMALL BOATS PULLED FROM MOORINGS. ELSEWHERE ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- EVACUATIONS: NONE. * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: NOW IS THE TIME TO CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN AND TAKE NECESSARY ACTIONS TO SECURE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. DELIBERATE EFFORTS SHOULD BE UNDERWAY TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. ENSURE THAT YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT IS STOCKED AND READY. WHEN MAKING SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS DECISIONS, DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK AS THERE ARE INHERENT FORECAST UNCERTAINTIES WHICH MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. IF YOU LIVE IN A PLACE THAT IS PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO HIGH WIND, SUCH AS A MOBILE HOME, AN UPPER FLOOR OF A HIGH RISE BUILDING, OR ON A BOAT, PLAN TO MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER. TAKE ENOUGH SUPPLIES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR SEVERAL DAYS. IF YOU LIVE IN A PLACE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO FLOODING, SUCH AS NEAR THE OCEAN OR A LARGE INLAND LAKE, IN A LOW LYING OR POOR DRAINAGE AREA, IN A VALLEY OR CANYON, OR NEAR AN ALREADY SWOLLEN RIVER, PLAN TO MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER ON HIGHER GROUND ALWAYS HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ANY ORDERS THAT ARE ISSUED. DO NOT NEEDLESSLY JEOPARDIZE YOUR LIFE OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS. WHEN SECURING YOUR PROPERTY, OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE. THE ONSET OF STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN CAN CAUSE CERTAIN PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES TO BECOME UNSAFE. BE SURE TO LET FRIENDS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW OF YOUR INTENTIONS AND WHEREABOUTS FOR SURVIVING THE STORM. FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES, HAVE SOMEONE LOCATED AWAY FROM THE THREATENED AREA SERVE AS YOUR POINT OF CONTACT. SHARE VITAL CONTACT INFORMATION WITH OTHERS. KEEP CELL PHONES HANDY AND WELL CHARGED. BE A GOOD SAMARITAN AND CHECK ON THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE FULLY AWARE OF THE SITUATION OR WHO ARE UNABLE TO MAKE PERSONAL PREPARATIONS. VISITORS TO THE AREA SHOULD BECOME FAMILIAR WITH NEARBY SURROUNDINGS. IF YOU ARE A VISITOR, KNOW THE NAME OF THE COUNTY OR PARISH IN WHICH YOU ARE LOCATED AND WHERE IT IS RELATIVE TO CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS. IF STAYING AT A HOTEL, ASK THE MANAGEMENT STAFF ABOUT THEIR ONSITE DISASTER PLAN. LISTEN FOR EVACUATION ORDERS, ESPECIALLY PERTAINING TO AREA VISITORS. 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. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV - FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG NEXT UPDATE ----------- THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY GA AROUND 5 AM, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. $$

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