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TS Colin news: Damage assessment begins

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****LEVY COUNTY POST STORM UPDATE****

 

Damage assessment teams will be out along the coastal areas conducting damage assessment this morning beginning at 8am.

If you have received storm related damages to your property due to TS Colin please call 352-486-5155or email stormdamage@levydisaster.com. We will need to know the address, type of damage, and if the property has insurance.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER: STORM DAMAGE MUST BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO TROPICAL STORM e 1 p.m. update:

The TS Colin forecast for Levy has been updated, acording to David Peaton, assistant director of the Levy Emergency Management Office.

Briefly: Colin's slowing down, so are the predicted winds which will arrive later than earlier predicted, and there will be more rain than previously predicted.

The rain bands have started, bringing wind as well, but residents can look for steady rains to arrive later as Colin encounters resistence coming on shore. Peaton said the wind will be steady starting at 7 p.m.  and will reach their peak — an estimated 40 miles per hour, at 9 to 10 p.m.

"We did need the rain, it's a blessing." Peaton said.

Earlier in the day during a conference call with county department heads and attended by officials including County Coordinator Fred Moody, Assistant Coordinator Wilbur Dean, County Commissioner Danny Stevens, Bronson Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Schools Assistant Superintendent Jeff Edison, the Levy Emergency Management Director John MacDonald said barricades and sandbags had been prepositioned by roads that normally flood during such events.

MacDonald said the rain, now predicted by the National Weather Service to be in the 4 to 6 inche range with some pockets receiving 8 inches, will come over an 18 hour period. He said Levy usually receives that rainfall amount over a 10-11 day period in June.

The Suwannee River will be cresting at 8 p.m. at Fowlers Bluff at 6.4 feet, Peaton said, about a foot over flood stage.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Levy County Parks and Recreation Director Matt Weldon to consider closing all County boat ramps. Sheriff McCallum, after consultation with County Commission Chairman John Meeks — who was at the Emergency Operations Center on Monday — McCallum has ordered all Levy County boat ramps to be closed effective immediately and until further notice.
This action is being done as a precautionary measure for the safety of all of our citizens.

·       Yankeetown at SR 40
·       Lake Rousseau at Kitty Lane
·       Clay Landing
·       Usher Landing
·       Fowlers Bluff
·       Shell Mound
·       Camp Azalea

Please be advised that in consultation with John MacDonald, Levy County Emergency Management Director, the decision has been made to close CR40 west of CR40A to vehicular traffic, effective at 1300 today due to storm surge potential.  
 

 

 

Cedar Key School - We will make today an Early Release Day.  This is only for Cedar Key and Yankeetown Schools at this time.  Please plan for your children to be dismissed at noon.  Buses will run as usual.  Again, absences will be excused for students missing due to the weather.  Please feel free to call the school with any questions or concerns. 

 

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8PM TROPICAL UPDATE 

 

Tropical Storm Colin is still on track for the west coast of Florida including Levy County. Residents can expect heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornado development. Yankeetown, Inglis, Cedar Key, and other coastal communities can expect storm surge of 3-5 feet at high tide. There will also be a strong chance of Tropical storm force winds in the afternoon. Keep a very close eye on changing weather patterns and take all necessary personal protective actions as needed.

If you experience an emergency dial 911. For non emergency weather related issues contact the Levy County Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111. Stay vigilant and stay safe.

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Yankeetown School will be open for school as usual tomorrow, but we will be watching the weather closely. 

We are going to be under a tropical storm warning starting tomorrow morning. The storm surge is predicted to be minor affecting the usual areas of Cedar Key and Yankeetown. Winds of about 30 mph.

We will continue to keep you informed of any updates or changes.

 

LEVY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

MONITORING POTENTIAL TROPICAL SYSTEM

COASTAL COMMUNITIES MUST PREPARE NOW

 

 

The Levy County Department of Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the Tropical Depression that is expected to affect Levy County and surrounding areas beginning on Monday and through Tuesday.  

 

The National Weather Service is predicting a possibility of upwards of 3-4 feet of storm surge in coastal areas that may affect some properties and roadways.  It is important for the cities of Cedar Key, Yankeetown, Inglisand all other citizens along the coast to take precautions now to protect property from possible storm surge.  Areas that are prone to rainfall related flooding should take early precautions to ensure the safety of property that is in danger.  Citizens should ensure that they are prepared for severe weather by reviewing their emergency plans, restocking or reviewing their disaster readiness kits, and monitoring weather conditions closely and taking any necessary personal protective actions.

 

Citizens should monitor this system closely by visiting the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov or the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov.  Citizens can also receive up to date information by visiting the Levy County Emergency Management Facebook™ page at www.facebook.com/lcdem or our website at www.levydisaster.com

 

For additional information on how you and your family can be better prepared, visit our website at www.levydisaster.com or call us Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm at 352-486-5213

 

***TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR LEVY COUNTY***

 

FROM CES:

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Levy County until further notice.  Areas prone to flooding must take necessary protective actions now to prevent damage to property.  Cedar Key, Inglis, Yankeetown must take necessary precautions to protect against storm surge levels of 3-5 feet. 

 

We will likely have rough weather on Monday and Tuesday. Please be aware as you dress your students for school on Monday and Tuesday.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING FROM 11:43AM EDT SUN UNTIL 7:45PM EDT SUN 

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS TROPICAL STORM WIND CONDITIONS ARE 

EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THIS AREA AND WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS

 

 

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

    - CHIEFLAND

    - BRONSON

    - WILLISTON

 

 

* WIND

    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: EQUIVALENT TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND

        - PEAK WIND FORECAST: 30-40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH

        - WINDOW FOR TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS: MONDAY AFTERNOON 

          UNTIL EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

 

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: ELEVATED

        - EMERGENCY PLANS SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR 

          TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND OF 39 TO 57 MPH.

        - TO BE SAFE, PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF LIMITED WIND 

          IMPACTS. REMAINING EFFORTS TO SECURE PROPERTIES SHOULD NOW 

          BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETION.

        - HAZARDOUS WIND IS POSSIBLE. FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SHELTER 

          MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY. MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER BEFORE 

          THE WIND BECOMES HAZARDOUS.

 

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: LIMITED

        - DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, SHEDS, AND UNANCHORED 

          MOBILE HOMES. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT.

        - MANY LARGE TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES SNAPPED OR 

          UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES 

          ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SOME FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN 

          OVER.

        - A FEW ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM DEBRIS, PARTICULARLY WITHIN 

          URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. HAZARDOUS DRIVING 

          CONDITIONS ON BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS.

        - SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES.

 

 

* FLOODING RAIN

    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: 

        - PEAK RAINFALL AMOUNTS: ADDITIONAL 2-4 INCHES, WITH LOCALLY 

          HIGHER AMOUNTS

 

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: MODERATE

        - EMERGENCY PLANS SHOULD INCLUDE A REASONABLE THREAT FOR 

          MODERATE FLOODING WHERE PEAK RAINFALL TOTALS NOTABLY EXCEED 

          AMOUNTS CONDUCIVE FOR FLASH FLOODING AND RAPID INUNDATION. 

          RESCUES AND EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

        - TO BE SAFE, EARNESTLY PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF 

          SIGNIFICANT FLOODING RAIN IMPACTS.

        - DANGEROUS FLOODING IS POSSIBLE. FAILURE TO TAKE ACTION MAY 

          RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE. IF FLOOD RELATED 

          WATCHES AND WARNINGS ARE ISSUED, HEED RECOMMENDED ACTIONS.

 

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: SIGNIFICANT

        - MODERATE RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT SEVERAL EVACUATIONS 

          AND RESCUES.

        - RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY BECOME SWOLLEN WITH 

          SWIFTER CURRENTS AND OVERSPILL THEIR BANKS IN A FEW PLACES, 

          ESPECIALLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE SPOTS. SMALL STREAMS, 

          CREEKS, CANALS, AND DITCHES OVERFLOW.

        - FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER SOME STRUCTURES OR WEAKEN 

          FOUNDATIONS. SEVERAL PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE EXPANDED AREAS 

          OF RAPID INUNDATION AT UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND 

          POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SOME STREETS AND PARKING LOTS TAKE ON 

          MOVING WATER AS STORM DRAINS AND RETENTION PONDS OVERFLOW. 

          DRIVING CONDITIONS BECOME HAZARDOUS. SOME ROAD AND BRIDGE 

          CLOSURES.

 

 

* TORNADO

    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: 

        - SITUATION IS FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES

 

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: MODERATE

        - WHEN IMPLEMENTING EMERGENCY PLANS, INCLUDE SHOULD INCLUDE A 

          REASONABLE THREAT FOR SCATTERED TORNADOES.

        - TO BE SAFE, EARNESTLY PREPARE FOR THE POTENTIAL OF 

          SIGNIFICANT TORNADO IMPACTS.

        - LISTEN FOR TORNADO WATCHES AND WARNINGS. BE READY TO 

          SHELTER QUICKLY IF A TORNADO APPROACHES.

 

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: SIGNIFICANT

        - THE OCCURRENCE OF SCATTERED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE 

          EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS.

        - SEVERAL PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE WITH A FEW 

          SPOTS OF CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE, POWER LOSS, AND 

          COMMUNICATIONS FAILURES.

        - LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS TORN OFF FRAME HOUSES, MOBILE 

          HOMES DEMOLISHED, BOXCARS OVERTURNED, LARGE TREES SNAPPED 

          OR UPROOTED, VEHICLES TUMBLED, AND SMALL BOATS TOSSED 

          ABOUT. DANGEROUS PROJECTILES CAN ADD TO THE TOLL.

 

 

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    - HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/TBW