Tropical Storm Nate Update 3:00 p.m., 10/6/17

Tropical Storm Nate Update 3:00 p.m., 10/6/17

Tropical Storm NateUPDATE 3:00 p.m.: The Fort Walton Beach Public Library and the museums of the City’s Heritage Park & Cultural Center will be closed on Saturday, October 7th. Regular hours are expected to resume on Monday, October 9th.

UPDATE 10:38 a.m.: Hurricane Watch from 10/6/2017 10:38 AM CDT until further notice for Okaloosa County

ORIGINAL POST 9:30 a.m.
We’ve pulled together our latest round of updates and resources regarding Tropical Storm Nate. Keep an eye on it and stay safe (and prepared) in the Fort! No changes to regular City hours or services noted at this time.

FROM THE 10/6/17 5:30 A.M. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVISORY: Tropical Storm Nate will advance northward across the Central Gulf and approach the North Central Gulf Coast late Saturday

CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Escambia Coastal, Escambia Inland, George, Mobile Inland, Okaloosa Coastal, Santa Rosa Coastal, and Stone

SITUATION OVERVIEW
Tropical Storm Nate has moved off the northern coast of Honduras, will move northwestward then northward toward the north central Gulf coast through late Saturday. Nate will bring the potential for heavy rains to the area beginning on Saturday and continuing through at least Sunday. A flash flood watch may soon be required for most of the area. Tornadoes will also be possible beginning Saturday and continuing into Sunday for much of the area. Southerly winds will increase to 20 to 35
mph late Saturday night in the tropical storm watch area with frequent gusts in excess of tropical storm force. Sustained tropical storm force winds are expected Sunday morning which then gradually diminish Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening. Storm surge inundation of 2 to 5 feet, possibly higher, is likely along coastal areas of Mobile and Baldwin counties, with lower values over the western Florida panhandle, but
please stay tuned for potential updates regarding this.

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SANDBAG STATIONS
*Okaloosa County has two locations providing sand and sandbags (limit 50 bags per vehicle):*
-Crestview—1759 S. Ferdon Blvd. (behind the building)
-Fort Walton Beach—80 Ready Ave.

*Sand and bags available for FWB City residents*:
FWB City Maintenance Yard: 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW
located right next to Volswagen/Subaru dealership; available beginning 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 6, while supplies last
(Limit 10 bags per resident per visit please)
-Bring your own shovel or scoop
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ALERT OKALOOSA
Alert Okaloosa / Everbridge Registration for Emergency Notifications
The Okaloosa County Emergency Alerting System, Everbridge, allows citizens to receive notifications concerning severe weather, road closures, missing persons, etc. (The County previously used the Code Red alerting system).
This system allows citizens to register at the following website: http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/alert
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YARD WASTE DOS AND DON’TS, FROM YOUR CITY SANITATION DIVISION
-Do not cut down trees or do any major yard work.
-Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.
-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 a 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 the storm.
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POTENTIAL FLOOD IMPACTS
FWB City streets that may be more susceptible to flooding (keep this in mind if the weather deteriorates and we receive flooding advisories):
-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 address #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
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RIP CURRENT ADVISORY
Outside of city limits, but important to note: There is a high risk of dangerous rip currents through Sunday night. Surf heights will increase to between 6 and 10 feet through the weekend along area beaches

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OTHER LINKS & RESOURCES

To report a power outage or view local outage map: https://www.gulfpower.com/outages

Okaloosa County Special Needs Registry: https://snr.floridadisaster.org/Signin?client=okaloosa

Emergency planning, shelters, evacuation zones: http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/emergency-management

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Irma

Florida Gridlock Guide: http://data.tallahassee.com/storm-traffic-camera/