Severe Weather Update: Tropical Storm Cindy

Severe Weather Update: Tropical Storm Cindy

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6/21/17 9:00 a.m. Preliminary UPDATE: We are receiving multiple reports of downed trees and powerlines, debris, etc. throughout the City this morning.

Various roads currently impassable, including:
-Anchors St. from Mary Esther Cutoff to Blake Ave.
-Hughes St. from Eglin Pkwy. to Beal Pkwy.

Additionally, numerous street light outages and flooded areas reported within the greater Fort Walton Beach area.

We have increased our numbers of on-duty Public Safety personnel to address high call volume and our Public Works crews have been working with Gulf Power and other local service providers to remove blockages and restore impassable areas througout the city.

-Residents are advised to remain indoors and off the roads as much as possible today.

-For those using generators, make sure they are in a well ventilated area, not near open doors and windows to home.

-Please stay clear of flooded areas and continue to monitor verified local news and weather sources for updates. It is VERY important to separate news from rumors in situations like this.

-City facilities are open today, but we ask for your patience as public safety and severe weather response are our first priority.

We will be posting updates as we receive them. Stay safe, Fort Waltonites.

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6/20/17 UPDATE: The system in the Gulf has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Cindy. Please stay tuned to your local weather advisories.
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ORIGINAL POST:

Due to the severe weather forecasted for our area over the next few days, we wanted to pull some precautionary information together from our various City departments. It’s a lot of information, but we want to make sure you have everything available if you need it!

THE FORECAST
93L is expected to become Tropical Storm Cindy by later this morning; however, the track has shifted a little more to the west. The primary concern for our area remains the amount of rain over the next 5 days. Rain totals could be up to 14 inches in our local area during that time period and we are currently under a flash flood watch. Everyone should continue to monitor this situation; any shift back to the east could increase the possibility for greater rain amounts and higher winds.

CITY EVENTS & FACILITIES
No closures or service interruptions currently anticipated. We will post any needed updates on this topic to fwb.org and to our Facebook page.
SAND BAG STATION AVAILABLE IN FWB IF NEEDED
-Located at City Maintenance Yard, 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (map attached)
-Free sand and bags available; please bring your own shovel or scoop!

PLAN AHEAD: PREPARATION FOR YOUR PROPERTY & NEIGHBORHOOD
-Turn off your irrigation systems
-Ensure that the storm drains on your street are not obstructed by debris. If you are within City limits and see debris blocking a storm drain, contact our Sanitation Division: (850) 833-9655
-Once we have a named storm, do not cut down trees or do any major yard work. Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.
-Once a Hurricane Watch or Warning is issued, do not trim vegetation of any kind. Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect the additional material once the storm makes landfall.
-Do not place materials at the curb or take materials to the landfill or transfer facility during a Watch or Warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for a storm.
-Check your emergency supply kit: Make sure all of your emergency supplies are updated and accessible.

TRAVEL SAFETY & FLOODING
-Limit all non-essential travel during periods of severe weather
-Turn Around, Don’t Drown: NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and less than one foot of fast-moving water can move most cars off the road. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route.
-Avoid areas known to flood: Flash floods can occur near streams, drainage channels, culverts and other low-lying areas with little or no warning. Also, downed electrical lines or damaged underground power utilities can electrify standing water.
-Be aware of flash flooding: If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
-If thunder roars, go indoors: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter.
-If a tornado warning is issued: Seek shelter immediately in an interior room away from any windows.

The following streets within the city limits may be particularly vulnerable to flash flooding impacts. If and when the weather deteriorates, please err on the side of caution and avoid these areas. DO NOT ignore or drive around road barricades.

In the event of road closures, our staff will post closure signs, but it’s important to carefully monitor the weather conditions and to exercise caution on all roads, particularly:

• Hughes Street NE from Beal Pkwy to Eglin Pkwy
• Laurie Drive NE from Okaloosa Road NE to Hollywood Blvd NE
• Alexandria Place SE from address #16 to address #25
• McGriff Street NE from Harbeson Avenue NE to #9 McGriff Street NE
• Industrial Street NW from Robinwood Drive NW to Beal Pkwy NE
• Holmes Blvd NW from Highland Drive NW to Rainbow Drive NW
• Sullivan Street NW from Jonquil Avenue NW to Hooper Drive NW
• Anchors Street NW from Blake Avenue NW to Forsman Drive NW

STAYING INFORMED
-Be sure to regularly monitor the US National Weather Service or other verified weather and informational outlets for updates
-Turn on your weather radio: Ensure it is programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation.
-Know Your Zone: Know where you are located, and prepare to follow all instructions from local officials.

Safety first! Please help us get the word out and stay safe, Fort Waltonites!

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