Florida Fears Flooding From Isaac

By: Florida Division of Emergency Management Release Email
By: Florida Division of Emergency Management Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 27, 2012

Governor Scott urged Floridians to use caution, as impacts from Tropical Storm Isaac continue throughout Florida. Some areas of the state have experienced record rainfall during this storm and flooding remains the main concern for Florida’s emergency officials. Areas already saturated in the Big Bend and Panhandle areas will see additional rainfall, and Floridians should take necessary precautions to protect life and property. Floridians are encouraged to use caution when driving, and never drive through flooded roadways.

As of 5 pm EDT
Watches and Warnings Issued for Florida:
· Tropical Storm Warning – From the Florida/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in the Florida Panhandle. This includes the counties of: Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Gulf, Bay, Walton, coastal Franklin, coastal Wakulla, and coastal Jefferson.
· Severe Weather Potential: Additional tornado watches and warnings are possible today. Stay tuned to local media for up to date information about tornado watches and warnings in your area and take immediate safety precautions.
· Flood Warning: Broward County until 10:30pm EDT, Wakulla County until further notice, River Flood Warnings are in effect for St. Marks River, Cypress Creek, Manatee River, Little Manatee River, Santa Fe River, Styx River, Blackwater River, Big Coldwater River, and the Shoal River until further notice.
· Flood Watch: a Flood Watch remains in effect for South Florida, including Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Glades, Henry, and Monroe Counties through Tuesday morning.
· Flash Flood Watch: Florida Panhandle and Big Bend through Tuesday morning. Affected counties include Calhoun, Walton, Bay, Dixie, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Taylor, Wakulla, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, and Washington.
· High risk of rip currents: Beaches along Northeast and Southeast Florida today, as well as Gulf Coast and Panhandle beaches through Thursday evening. Dangerous rip currents can be life threatening to anyone entering the water. Be sure to check beach warning flags before swimming.

Florida Summary:

· It remains important for Floridians to stay cognizant of the developing weather situation and take necessary preparedness and safety actions. Tips are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.
· Shelters are open in 9 counties, including 5 special needs shelters and 18 general population shelters. Visit http://floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm for details.
· Schools are closed in 10 counties tomorrow.
· Seaports closed: Apalachicola River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Panama City, Pensacola, Port St. Joe
· Airport closures: Marathon, Key West; Pensacola will close after the last inbound flights Monday evening (8/27/12), with a plan to reopen Thursday morning (8/30/12)
· Bridge closures: Miami-Dade bridges locked down; Miami River, Intracoastal Waterway and Snake Creek Bridges schedules to begin reopening. Sunshine Skyway Bridge high wind advisory in effect, no lane closures but motorists are advised to use caution.
· DOT tolls suspended: Garcon Point Bridge (Santa Rosa County)
· State building closures: Escambia County- James Building

Governor Scott will provide the next update from the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee tomorrow at 12 noon. Satellite information:

Test time: 1145 ET Program Start: 1200 ET Program end: 1245 ET (+15 approx)
SES-2 /XP 18 (Ku digital) at 87 degrees West Longitude
Digital channel 9 (6 MHz)
Downlink Frequency: 12074.75 (V)
L-band: 1324.75
Symbol Rate: 4.444
FEC: 3/4
Modulation: QPSK
Data Rate: 6.14318
Audio: MPEG2
Uplink Phone: (850) 414-0104

For more information on preparation for and response to Tropical Storm Isaac, call the Florida Emergency Information Line at 1-800-342-3557. Hearing-impaired persons may call the Florida Telecommunications Relay at 1-800-226-4329 to receive information and access TTY systems. For local details, contact your county emergency management agency.

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