Franklin County Prepares for Issac's Impact Along Forgotten Coast

By: Franklin County Division of Emergency Management Release Email
By: Franklin County Division of Emergency Management Release Email

Franklin County, Florida- August 26, 2012

Franklin County is issuing a mandatory evacuation orders for all barrier islands (including St. George and Dog ), Alligator Point, Bald Point, St Teresa, mobile homes and all low-lying areas subject to tidal, coastal and river flooding due to Hurricane Isaac.

This order is effective Aug 27, 2012 starting at 8:00am

Pamela Brownell
Director

The morning briefing showed some strengthening, but tracking more in a NW direction. The storm is currently approximately 700 miles to the south, moving NW at 20 mph. From this projection, the possibility of hurricane strength winds for our area is decreasing. A hurricane watch is now in effect from Indian Pass to Louisiana, and a tropical storm warning from Indian Pass east to Bonita Beach. Isaac is expected to become a category 1 hurricane Monday. The storm surge for our area is expected to be in the 5 to 8 foot range, creating a mean high tide rise of 8 to 10 feet. We are expecting tropical storm winds in our area between 4 and 8 PM Monday. Wind speeds for the big bend region are expecting to decrease, but could possibly be at hurricane force along the coast. Rain fall totals have been lowered to the 10 to 12” levels.

If the projected tract continues as presently seen, a possible Mandatory Evacuation could be issued in the near future per the following order:

FRANKLIN COUNTY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
28 Airport Road
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
(850) 653-8977, Fax (850) 653-3643
em3frank@gtcom.net

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Franklin County, Florida- August 25, 2012

Tropical storm Isaac is currently located 1,100 miles away at this
time on the north west coast of Haiti, the storm appears to be getting
better organized.

A good cluster of rain & storms are expected on the east side of the
storm, rains are expected to begin here on Monday afternoon into the
evening (about 63 hours).

A 10% chance of hurricane force winds are expected for this area
within the next 3-5 days.

By Tuesday morning a 5-9 foot surge is expected for this area which
is more of the type of surge that was experienced during Dennis, at
this time it is expected that the storm will be updated to a hurricane.

There is a high impact of flooding expected with this storm, the
amount of rain that is expected could be from 15-20 inches beginning
here late Monday afternoon into the night.

The current water temperature is 85 - 86 degrees which will most
likely strengthen the storm.

Emergency Operations Center expects to start partial activation
beginning Sunday morning, extending to full activation as needed.

Beginning Monday morning forward at this time we will start planning
for a Category 1 hurricane however we are being advised to prepare for a category 2 late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Please keep in mind there are no shelters available in Franklin County.


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