Andrea Puts Taylor County In State Of Emergency, Shelters Open

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Press Release: Taylor County Board of County Commissioners

As of 2 PM Thursday, Tropical Storm Andrea was located about 100 miles east-southeast of Apalachicola, Florida. Andrea is moving toward the northeast at 19 mph. Landfall is expected near
Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County around 5PM this evening.

Winds during landfall are expected to increase to 50-55 MPH sustained and gusting to possibly 65 MPH. These increased winds are predicted to primarily affect Steinhatchee and Taylor County’s southern coastline. Taylor County’s Emergency Response Team is encouraging coastal residents to seek shelter within interior portions of their homes.

Residents should continue to listen for updates on the radio and television.

Press Release: Taylor County Emergency Management

At 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 6, 2013, the Taylor County Board of County Commissioners signed a resolution declaring a Local State of Emergency in response to the anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Andrea. The commissioners also passed a resolution encouraging the voluntary evacuation of the coastal and low-lying areas of the county, particularly mobile home residents.

Shelters at Perry Elementary School (1600 E. Green Street, Perry, FL) and the Family Center at the Steinhatchee School will open at 2 PM for residents to protect themselves from winds. For further shelter information please call the American Red Cross at 850-223-4401. The Emergency Management Department recommends that county residents move vehicles, trailers, and other property to higher elevations and indoors and to continue to monitor the progress of the storm.

As of 11 AM Sunday, Tropical Storm Andrea was located about 110 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola, Florida. Andrea is moving toward the northeast at 15 mph. The combination of storm surge and tides may cause surge to reach up to 2-4 feet in Apalachee Bay and rain is forecasted at 3-5 inches with isolated pockets capable of reaching up to 10 inches in the next 18 hours.

Tropical Storm force winds extend 140 miles from the center of Andrea and maximum sustained winds along the coast are expected to reach a peak of 57 MPH around 3PM. Landfall is expected near the eastern Big Bend region around 5PM this evening.

Taylor County government offices, including the Courthouse, will close at 1PM today. The Taylor County Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level 2-Partial Activation and continues to monitor the storm and coordinate with the County’s departments and response partners to ensure the safety of all Taylor County residents.

Press Release: American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter

The American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter is planning to open Taylor County Elementary School on Green Street in Perry at 3pm today for residents who plan to evacuate the coastal area.

Another shelter, Florida High in Leon County is on standby at the present time for residents of Wakulla County who plan to evacuate.

Both Wakulla and Taylor counties have declared a state of local emergency in their respective counties.
Red Cross volunteers have been activated to staff shelters and provide mass care.

People can send donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting , calling 850-878-6080. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

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