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

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