Is It Safe To Re-enter Florida?

As of 8:45 A.M., October 11, 2018

 

Florida citizens can use the link below to determine whether it’s safe to re-enter Florida. This link contains a listing

of all local EMA Offices in the State of Florida.

Florida Disaster – Counties

Florida Citizens can also call the Florida Information Line at 1-800-342-3557

 

Please note: Some local EMA offices may not be available due to damages and the State of Florida Emergency Operation Center is still at a Level 1 Activation which is a “Full 24 Hour Activation”

 

*UPDATE #3* HURRICANE MICHAEL IMPACTS FOR ELMORE COUNTY

As of 11:30 a.m. October 10, 2018

 

Currently, Elmore County is expected to have only bands of rain and some gusty wind conditions.  No significant impact is expected, at this time.  Below is the latest information from the NWS.

Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 16
ALZ011>015-017>050-102345-

Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 16
National Weather Service Birmingham AL  AL142018
1034 AM CDT Wed Oct 10 2018

This product covers Central Alabama

**Tropical Storm Force Winds May Impact Portions of Southeast Central
Alabama Later Today**


NEW INFORMATION
---------------

* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbour, Bullock,
      Pike, and Russell

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 290 miles south of Birmingham AL or about 200 miles south
      of Montgomery AL
    - 29.4N 86.0W
    - Storm Intensity 145 mph
    - Movement North-northeast or 15 degrees at 14 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------

Hurricane Michael remains a dangerous category 4 hurricane as it moves
closer to the Florida Panhandle. The storm will remain a major
hurricane when it makes landfall later today, but it will rapidly
weaken as it moves inland. There is a chance that our southeastern most
counties could see a brief window of tropical-storm-force winds on the
northwest side of Michael. Heavy rains will also be a threat across
the far southeast as the storm moves inland.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* WIND:
Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
across Pike, Bullock, Russell and Barbour Counties. 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, protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts
across areas southeast of Interstate 85.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated.
Winds may be gusty at times, especially with any shower that moves
through the rest of the area.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across Pike, Bullock, Russell, and Barbour Counties.
Potential impacts include:
    - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - 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.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated.

* TORNADOES:
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across Central
Alabama.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* EVACUATIONS:
WATCH/WARNING PHASE - For those not under evacuation orders, assess
the risk from wind, falling trees, and flooding at your location. If
you decide to move, relocate to a safer location nearby. If you do not
relocate, help keep roadways open for those under evacuation orders.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles
can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
ventilated area.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don`t drown!

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or
on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of
strong winds or flooding.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Birmingham AL around 5 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

Hurricane Michael – Minimal Impact for Elmore County!

As of 1:30 P.M. October 9, 2018

Hurricane Michael is forecast to become a Major Hurricane (Category 3) as it nears the Florida coastline on Wednesday.  Impacts to Central AL should be confined to areas mainly along and south of Interstate 85 Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night and could include rainfall amounts of 2 – 4 inches and wind gusts of 30 – 45 mph.

As of now, Elmore County is expected to have only bands of rain and some gusty wind conditions.  No significant impact is expected, but there is a close watch for any westward movement of the track. The track could shift slightly west or east, thus changing what impacts we may see drastically; from little to no impacts, to strong winds and some heavy rain bands.

NWS forecasters and our office will continue to monitor Hurricane Michael and we will provide updates on track, intensity and impacts we may see.

Below is a graphic and the latest Hurricane Statement from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:

Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 12
ALZ011>015-017>050-092345-
Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 12
National Weather Service Birmingham AL  AL142018
1038 AM CDT Tue Oct 9 2018

This product covers Central Alabama

**Tropical Storm Force Winds May Impact Portions of Southeast
Alabama**

NEW INFORMATION
---------------
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbour and Pike

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 590 miles south of Birmingham AL or about 510 miles south
      of Montgomery AL
    - 25.0N 86.2W
    - Storm Intensity 110 mph
    - Movement North or 350 degrees at 12 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------
Hurricane Michael will continue to move toward the north, before
turning northeast toward the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. The storm
will likely be a category 3 hurricane at the time of landfall, but
will rapidly weaken as it moves inland. There is a chance that our
southeastern most counties could see a brief window of stronger winds
on the northwest side of Michael. Heavy rains will also be a threat
across the southeast counties as the storm moves inland.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------
* WIND:
Prepare for life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts
across Pike and Barbour Counties. Potential impacts in this area
include:
    - Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having
      window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural
      damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.
      Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be
      uninhabitable for weeks.
    - Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
      roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and
      access routes impassable.
    - Large areas with power and communications outages.

Also, prepare for dangerous wind having possible limited to
significant impacts across areas southeast of Interstate 85.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited
impacts across Pike, Bullock, Barbour and Russell Counties. 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.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated.

* TORNADOES:
Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across Central
Alabama.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* EVACUATIONS:

WATCH/WARNING PHASE - For those not under evacuation orders, assess
the risk from wind, falling trees, and flooding at your location. If
you decide to move, relocate to a safer location nearby. If you do not
relocate, help keep roadways open for those under evacuation orders.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or
on a boat, plan to move to safe shelter.

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 near an already swollen river, plan to
move to safe shelter on higher ground.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes
to the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
-----------
The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Birmingham AL around 5 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

$$

 

Governor Kay Ivey Issues Statewide State of Emergency Due to Expected Impact from Hurricane Michael

As of October 8, 2018

Governor Kay Ivey Issues Statewide State of Emergency Due to Expected Impact from Hurricane Michael

MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey issued a statewide State of Emergency on Monday in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael. Flash flooding and tornadoes are also possible with any hurricane and parts of Alabama have been placed under tropical storm watches or warnings. The State of Emergency went into effect at 3:00 pm CT.

“Alabama is once again in the path of a hurricane, but I know Alabamians will once again come together and be prepared for whatever Michael may bring,” Governor Ivey said. “On the state level we are prepared, now is the time for residents in south Alabama to review your emergency preparedness plans and also get prepared. Tomorrow we will start seeing the effects of Michael and those in its path will need to take shelter by tomorrow evening. Please stay weather aware today and tomorrow for any forecast changes. Most importantly, heed all warnings and instructions from local authorities.”

Governor Ivey, along with Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Brian Hastings, will continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Michael. By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan.  Governor Ivey is also directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities affected by the storm.  The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is also authorized to make appropriate assessments of damages following the storm.

“Hurricane Michael is forecast to become a major hurricane and it will produce wide-spread power outages and debris that will challenge our response and recovery in the southern and Wiregrass counties. Alabamians should always be prepared, but everyone needs to make final preparations now to be ready for Hurricane Michael,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings said. “I am concerned about the cone of uncertainty as Hurricane Michael is leaning west today. Residents and businesses in coastal Alabama must be vigilant and closely monitor the storm’s path and be prepared for a major hurricane.”

You can text “ALALERT” to 888777 to receive information for Hurricane Michael from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Suggestions on how to prepare for a hurricane can be found at www.ema.alabama.gov and on Twitter by following @AlabamaEMA.  Preparedness information can also be found at www.readyalabama.gov or by following Ready Alabama on Twitter at @readyalabama.

 

 

 

Elmore County Under a Flash Flood Warning until 8:15 P.M.

As of 6:09 P.M. September 10, 2018

Flash Flood Warning
ALC051-110115-
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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
609 PM CDT MON SEP 10 2018

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
  West central Elmore County in east central Alabama...

* Until 815 PM CDT.

* At 608 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
  heavy rain across the warned area. Two to three inches of rain
  have already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
  Wetumpka, Elmore and Blue Ridge.

Additional rainfall amounts of one inch are possible in the warned
area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

&&

LAT...LON 3260 8611 3250 8611 3250 8631 3257 8631

$$

19

 

Governor Ivey Issues State of Emergency in Preparation for Tropical Storm Gordon

Posted by Gregory Robinson – Alabama Emergency Management Agency:

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018, for several Alabama counties in preparation for Tropical Storm Gordon. The counties included are as follows: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington.

According to the National Weather Service, Gordon will become a hurricane later today, and this storm system is expected to bring increased rain activity and storm surge, with the threat of flooding and isolated tornadoes, the risk of which is expected to dramatically increase over the next 12 to 36 hours.

“All coastal Alabama residents need to prepare now ahead of tonight’s potential landfall near Alabama. I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days,” Governor Ivey said. “As with any tropical weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather conditions for their area. This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed.”

At the direction of Governor Ivey, the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has activated in preparation for Gordon and the Alabama National Guard (ALNG) has activated teams to support Division A, in the coastal portion of the state. The ALNG soldiers will also provide support in the command and control center.

“Gordon is a tight, fast moving tropical storm. Alabama is postured for a coastal wind and water event, but the key will be the preparation of our citizens,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian E. Hastings said. “If you live in the coastal counties, especially in surge and flood prone areas, it is imperative that you get to a safe place by early afternoon and stay there through Wednesday morning. With tropical storm force winds forecasted, we expect power outages concentrated in the coastal counties; so, make sure you have a 72-hour emergency kit ready.”

Regardless of the final track and intensity of Gordon, we know it will produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in several counties, and the time to prepare is now. Residents and tourists are strongly encouraged to closely monitor this forecast.

By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by Tropical Storm Gordon.

For real-time road conditions, the Alabama Department of Transportation is encouraging people to visit https://algotraffic.com/.

State of Alabama  PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR:  https://governor.alabama.gov/state-of-emergency/state-of-emergency-tropical-storm-gordon/