EOC Alert #3 - Tropical Activity
The outer rain bands of Hurricane Florence are moving onshore of the Outer Banks of North Carolina this morning. Landfall is likely near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday as a Category 2 hurricane. Florence may linger across the Carolinas through the weekend before being pulled north. A Coastal Flood Advisory and High Surf Advisory are in effect for the east coast of Florida.
Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce tropical storm force winds of about 45 mph across portions of the Lesser Antilles today. Isaac is forecast to move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through the weekend. Isaac should continue to be monitored over the next 5-10 days as it moves through the Caribbean.
Invest 95L continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the western Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of any further development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday.
Hurricane Helene is weakening while moving northward over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
Subtropical Storm Joyce has formed in the north central Atlantic Ocean. A turn toward the northeast with a rapid increase in forward motion is forecast to occur over the weekend. Joyce is not a threat to land.
An area of low pressure near Bermuda has a 20% chance of development late this weekend or early next week. Some gradual development is possible after that time while the system drifts westward over the western Atlantic.
In our local area, dry and warm weather with temperatures in the low to mid 90s is expected through the weekend. Typical summertime sea breeze activity is likely to return next week.
- Review and update your family emergency plan before a tropical event threatens our area.
- Take the time to refresh your emergency supply kit with enough supplies to last at least 7 days.
- Make a plan and a kit for your pet! To get started, visit: http://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-a-e/emergency-management/make-your-plan/pet-preparedness
- Be sure you know your evacuation zone. Look up your zone at: http://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-a-e/emergency-management/evacuation-routes-zones
- If you have special medical needs, and you need assistance during an evacuation, please contact Emergency Management 352-754-4083.
- For more information on emergency planning, visit our website at www.HernandoCounty.us/EM.