California Begins Recovery Process | Update 4

We apologize for not being able to update in the last 24 hours due to an illness.  We are recovering in the same sense (well, kinda) as the State of California.

Here is a brief update for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

GREAT NEWS

A video was circulating around Social Media by a news crew showing multiple horses standing in deep waters but not a follow-up to that story as to what was happening with their rescue.

People took to Twitter after the story and the video broke angering many of them.

Well, good news.

One source is reporting that 28 horses were rescued but more still continue to need assistance.

Credit: Fox 2

DAMAGE

Here are a few pics of the damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur. Damage due to slumping hill-side from excessive rain.

Credit: NWS Bay Area

SPILLWAY STATUS

Oroville Spillway:  Flows dropping from 60k to 50k cfs by 2 pm today to remove debris from diversion pool. Monitoring of spillway continues. (CADWR)

CLOSURES

Fremont:  Palomares Rd remains closed to all traffic, between Palo Verde Rd in Castro Valley and Niles Canyon Rd (CA-84) in Fremont. Due to mudslide. (Fremont PD)

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2130 Hours PST

California Suffering Backlash from Storm | Update 3

This is a quick early AM Update on Wednesday happening all around California from overflowing spillways to severely damaged roadways to water rescues.

Hwy 267 – Brockway Summit

I-80 Near Summit

  • Closed: I-80 closed due to blizzard conditions over summit. Caltrans crews trying to clear snow. E/B drivers stuck in Colfax. (Media)
  • Closed:  Vehicle traffic released on EB I-80 & Hwy 20. Trucks being turned at Applegate. Chain controls remain in effect. Take it slow! (CAL Trans District #3 @ 2230 PST)

Alameda County

  •  Flash Flood Warning issued for Niles Canyon area near Alameda Creek. (Fremont PD)
  • Morrison Canyon will remain closed due to mud and land slides until early March. Please do not drive up the road. (City of Fremont)

Photo Credit: City of Fremont

Bay Area

  • Closed.  Highway 101 being closed in both directions in from 880 to 680/280 due to flooding. Reopening ETA unknown. (Media @ 1150 PST on 2/21/2017)

Bridal Veil Falls (near)

  • TRAFFIC ALERT:  Roadway REOPEN after repairs completed. (Media)

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

CHILI BAR

  • Closed.  Hwy 193 is closed in the ChiliBar area from Rock Creek Rd to Hwy 193/49 Junction due to multiple unsafe mudslides. Detour available ,No ETA. (CAL Trans District #3 @ 2230 2/21/2017)

SAN JOSE

  • Mandatory Evacuations:  The area in San Jose subject to Mandatory Evacuation due to flooding along Coyote Creek has expanded. The area is along Coyote Creek, in the Coyote Creek 100 year flood zone plus approximately 250 feet, running from north of 280 to south of 101.  (SanJose.gov) 
  • Coyote Creek:  A San Jose house submerged in water! Several more homes on S. 17 St in trouble with lower level flooding bc of overflowing coyote creek. (Media @ 1140 PST 2/21/2017)
evacuation map

Photo Credit: San Jose.gov

Preparedness Resources for Evacuees

Evacuation Shelters – Red Cross Shelters

  • Mayfair Community Center located at 2039 Kammerer Ave
  • Shirakawa Community Center at 2072 Lucretia Ave
  •  James Lick High School – 57 N. White Rd 95127
  • Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd in response to the Coyote Creek flooding.

Homeless Encampments

The San José Housing Department conducted extensive outreach to alert people living outdoors along Coyote Creek about dangers associated with camping by the creek. The City has opened its four winter overnight warming centers as it regularly does during periods of cold and wet weather.

  • Tully Community Library – 880 Tully Road
  • Bascom Community Center – 1000 S. Bascom Avenue
  • Biblioteca Lationamericana – 921 S. 1st Street (ADA Accessible)
  • Washington United Youth Center – 921B S. 1st Street (Designated for Families)

Downed Trees

To report downed trees and flooding, call (408) 794-1900 (24/7 number). If a tree is in the roadway, please call 911 to make the report immediately. To reach PG&E to report lines down and obtain updates on power outages in your area, please call 800-743-5000.?

Road Closures

  • Quinn Ave – Senter Rd to Will Wool Dr
  • Rock Springs Dr – Nordale Ave to southend of Rock Springs Dr
  •  Wool Will Dr – Wool Creek Dr to Quinn Av
  • Will Creek Dr – Senter Rd to Eastend
  • Welch Ave – Nordale Ave to Needles Dr
  • Needles Dr – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Nordale Ave – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Bevin Brook Dr – Senter Rd to eastend of Bevin Brook Dr
  • Phelan Ave – East of Senter Rd to Bevin Brook Dr
  • Berryessa Rd – Sierra Rd to Commercial St.
  • Keyes St – Senter Rd to Roberts Ave
  •  Tully Rd – Lucretia Ave to Senter Rd
  • Williams St at 16th St
  • Senter Rd – Tully Rd to Story Rd
  • Rock Springs Rd – Phelan Ave to Needles Dr
  • Bailey Ave – IBM Eastbound to Santa Teresa Blvd
  • Santa Teresa Blvd Southbound – Bayliss Dr to Bailey
  • Coyote Ranch Rd – Monterey Rd to Coyote Creek
  • Open one lane: Foxworthy Avenue – from Rubino Dr to Hillsdale Ave
  • Open one lane: Berryess Rd Westbound – Sierra to Commercial

Sandbag Locations

  •  San Jose Happy Hollow Park , 1300 Senter Road (this is ½ mile north of the Central Service Yard, which is no longer accessible because of road closures) .
  •   Mabury Service Yard, 1404 Mabury Road
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, Winfield Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue
  • Water Rescues:  Today, assisted with a water rescue near Lone Bluff Way in San Jose (Santa Clara County). (CAL Fire @ 1843 PST on 2/21/2017)

(More Preparedness Tips –> http://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4789)

Water Rescues

  • 10th St. Rescue Group Supervisor requesting 2-3 more swift water teams. More victims trapped in houses. (2059 2/21/2017)

Flooding News

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Near death experience:  Tree falls on Caltrans vehicle north of Nevada City; Caltrans worker escapes alive and starts directing traffic! (Media @ 1631 2/21/2017)
  • Road Closures:  Still no estimate for when Highway 37 will reopen. (Media @ 1932 PST on 2/212017) Note:  Pictures showing it appears more like a lake than a roadway.
  • Damaged Roadways:  Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur beyond repair. (Media @ 1933 PST on 2/21/2017)
  • San Jose:  Flooding hits San Jose area as firefighters and rescue teams help residents affected by the rising waters. (Media @ 1340 PST on 2/21/2017)
  • San Jose Flooding:  Flooding forces hundreds from homes. (Media 0200 PST)
  • Twitter User:  California is drowning. 101 is closed, San Jose, Morgan hill, and gilroy are basically entirely flooded. santa cruz is falling apart. rip CA.
  • Twitter User:  Californians are facing severe storms, with over 200 San Jose residents taken to dry land amidst flooding.  (1644 PST on 2/21/2017)

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Revised 10/22/2017 1038 Hours PDT

California Plagued by Multiple Storms | Update 2

Another day has come and so have more problems for California residents, visitors, businesses and the government alike.  Here are the latest disaster happenings in this State by location.

Hwy 267 – Brockway Summit

I-80 Near Summit

  • Closed: I-80 closed due to blizzard conditions over summit. Caltrans crews trying to clear snow. E/B drivers stuck in Colfax. (Media)

North/Central Areas

  • Weather:  Neat loop of an atmospheric river on water vapor bringing *more* rain to Northern and Central California. (NOAA)

Alameda County

  •  Flash Flood Warning issued for Niles Canyon area near Alameda Creek. (Fremont PD)
  • Morrison Canyon will remain closed due to mud and land slides until early March. Please do not drive up the road. (City of Fremont)

Photo Credit: City of Fremont

Bay Areas

  • A Break? More Showers still hanging on across the & areas. A break will come soon. (Citizen via Twitter)

Bridal Veil Falls (near)

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Highway 50 near Bridal Veil Falls is 1 lane in each direction due to a roadway slip out. Expect delays. (CAL Trans)

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

Donner Summit

  • Road Conditions:   Visibility improving – snow/ice removal will take time. (CAL Trans District #3)

Lake Berryessa Spillway

  • Above Spillway:  This afternoon Morning Glory Spillway at 3 1/2 feet above top of spillway. About 5,000 cfs coming out at the bottom.

Los Angeles County

  • Northerly winds to develop Wed across mtns, desert & area. Winds could spread into other parts. (NWS Los Angeles)

SAN JOSE

Coyote Creek (Near)

San Jose residents in low-lying areas close to Coyote Creek should be prepared for evacuation due to flooding. If your home is very near Coyote Creek, please take necessary precautions now to be prepared to leave.

Homeless Encampments

The San José Housing Department conducted extensive outreach to alert people living outdoors along Coyote Creek about dangers associated with camping by the creek. The City has opened its four winter overnight warming centers as it regularly does during periods of cold and wet weather.

  • Tully Community Library – 880 Tully Road
  • Bascom Community Center – 1000 S. Bascom Avenue
  • Biblioteca Lationamericana – 921 S. 1st Street (ADA Accessible)
  • Washington United Youth Center – 921B S. 1st Street (Designated for Families)

Downed Trees

To report downed trees and flooding, call (408) 794-1900 (24/7 number). If a tree is in the roadway, please call 911 to make the report immediately. To reach PG&E to report lines down and obtain updates on power outages in your area, please call 800-743-5000.?

Preparedness

High stream flows in Coyote Creek are expected to cause low-lying areas near Coyote Creek to flood. Peak flows from the Anderson Dam spillway are expected on Tuesday, and this will affect the downstream areas of Coyote Creek .

Red Cross Shelters

  •  James Lick High School – 57 N. White Rd 95127
  • Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd in response to the Coyote Creek flooding.
  •  Shirakawa Community Center – 2072 Lucretia Ave 95122
  •  Mayfair Community Center – 2039 Kammerer Ave 95116

Road Closures

  • Quinn Ave – Senter Rd to Will Wool Dr
  • Rock Springs Dr – Nordale Ave to southend of Rock Springs Dr
  •  Wool Will Dr – Wool Creek Dr to Quinn Av
  • Will Creek Dr – Senter Rd to Eastend
  • Welch Ave – Nordale Ave to Needles Dr
  • Needles Dr – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Nordale Ave – Senter Rd to Rock Springs Dr
  • Bevin Brook Dr – Senter Rd to eastend of Bevin Brook Dr
  • Phelan Ave – East of Senter Rd to Bevin Brook Dr
  • Berryessa Rd – Sierra Rd to Commercial St.
  • Keyes St – Senter Rd to Roberts Ave
  •  Tully Rd – Lucretia Ave to Senter Rd
  • Williams St at 16th St
  • Senter Rd – Tully Rd to Story Rd
  • Rock Springs Rd – Phelan Ave to Needles Dr
  • Bailey Ave – IBM Eastbound to Santa Teresa Blvd
  • Santa Teresa Blvd Southbound – Bayliss Dr to Bailey
  • Coyote Ranch Rd – Monterey Rd to Coyote Creek
  • Open one lane: Foxworthy Avenue – from Rubino Dr to Hillsdale Ave
  • Open one lane: Berryess Rd Westbound – Sierra to Commercial

Sandbag Locations

  •  San Jose Happy Hollow Park , 1300 Senter Road (this is ½ mile north of the Central Service Yard, which is no longer accessible because of road closures) .
  •   Mabury Service Yard, 1404 Mabury Road
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, Winfield Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue

(More Preparedness Tips –> http://sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4789)

TEHAMA COUNTY

Weather Forecast

  • Scattered showers persist across this evening. Of note, a strong thunderstorm has formed in Tehama County. (NWS Sacramento)

Ventura

  • Raining – It has rained a little over one inch in the past 2 days in the Ventura foothills.  (Twitter eyewitness)

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2100 Hours PST

Tornado News | San Antonio Texas | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A tornado has struck the San Antonio area after an Alert was issued to its residents in the area about one hour ago (2253 Hours CST) has occurred around (2340 Hours CST).

About 40 houses in a neighborhood has suffered major damage.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

The following are collaborating for this incident and information listed below is for both Officials and disaster victims.

Bastrop County OEM (https://twitter.com/BastropCntyOEM)

  • T-Storm Alert:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 2/20/2017 12:22 AM to 1:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.
  • Flood Warning:  Areal Flood Advisory from 2/20/2017 12:19 AM to 2:15 AM CST for Bastrop County.

San Antonio Fire and EMS (https://twitter.com/saFIREorg)

  • Search & Rescue Operations:  Firefighters were out searching door-to-door looking for survivors and dealing with unsecured damaged gas lines that had been their lines severed.
  • Tornado Path:  Tornado path as far as we can determine: Includes structures on Linda Drive and 7707 Broadway.
  • Damage Assessments (preliminary): Tornado path as far as we can determine: North Central San Antonio, North of Olmos Park & Alamo Heights, South of San Antonio Airport.
  • Incident Command:  Command for EMS and Fire is on Shadywood Lane in San Antonio. (2352 CST)

San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (San Antonio EOC)  (https://www.facebook.com/saoem.prepare/posts/1381097738578625)

  • Assistance:  If anyone needs assistance with storm related damage call 911.
  • Property Damage:  If any damage is seen in the morning, please report it to 311.
  • Damage Calls: The city has begun logging and assessing damage from the storm.

National Weather Service – San Antonio (https://twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio)

  • Alert!  Another tornado warning coming for circulation south of San Marcos. Circulation denoted by bright red colors S of Redwood. Moving northeast. (2145 CST)
  • Alert!  Two tornado warnings remain in effect, but we are not seeing any tight circulations at this point. (2140 CST)
  • Wind Speeds:  56 mph wind gust at Austin Bergstrom International Airport just now. (0001 CST)
  • Threat Area:  Threat area now located across southeastern Travis County, far northern Caldwell County and entering into western Bastrop County. (0002 CST)
  • Possible Touchdown: There may have been a tornado touchdown earlier near US 281 just northwest of the Quarry Market area.
  • Alert!  New tornado warning coming out for Williamson County. Circulation located south of Taylor. Moving NE. (0007 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

  • Alert!  Strong rotation southeast of Taylor. Circulation is denoted by circled region. (0028 CST)

Photo Credit: NWS San Antonio

CLOSURES

Roads

  • Old Fredericksburg Rd/Kendall-Bexar County line. PD manning barricades on flooded streets.

SCANNER FEEDS

San Antonio Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/4905

  • Fire/EMS scanner from San Antonio reporting homes with much roof damage, collapsed carport, 11:47pm CST Possible Tornado

San Antonio Police Dispatch:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/13814

Kendall County Fire & EMS:  http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24771

SOCIAL MEDIA

Media

  • NOT DFW – Powerful storms and potential tornadoes hitting central Texas hard. Tornado warnings between San Antonio & Austin.
  • Alerts:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Travis County in TX until 12:30am CST.

Citizens

  • Sirens:  First time I’ve heard the Tornado Sirens in Hollywood Park go off. Crazy, Tornado Warning in San Antonio.

STORM DAMAGE PHOTOS

Laredo

  • * Public Works Building – Courtesy: NWS Corpus Christi

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2230 PST / 0020 CST

 

Windstorm 1 is Hanging Out in the NW | Update 2

Updated 1:15 AM PDT

SUMMARY

Windstorm #1 has arrived with #2 on its heels.  So, what have you  done to prepare yourselves?You say, ‘It’s not that bad. I have been through other storms.’  Here’s why it is so important to start taking matters into your hands and #PrepareNOW (our very own hashtag)

WINDGUSTS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS – Reported by the National Weather Service.

WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT

Why is this such a big event for the Pacific Northwest this year?  Higher than normal winds are blowing through the Pacific jet stream from a remnant of Typhoon Songda, that had reached the highest winds clocking in at 150 m.p.h.

The storm started as a Tropical Storm on October 9th, began picking up speed becoming a Typhoon on October 10th with winds reported as 120 m.p.h.

On October 11th, the storm had been deemed as a Super Typhoon with the highest winds at 150 m.p.h.! The following day, winds have lessened to around 120 m.p.h. becoming a Tropical Storm once again, but not before high winds are being carried around Alaska down to the great Pacific Northwest.

Winds will be considerable less but they will still be around the 40’s and into the 60’s, so please be careful when you go out or if you can stay in

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALERTS – FLOOD

Spokane & Stevens Counties:  Flood Watch in effect from Saturday morning (Washington Weather on Twitter)

ALERTS – ADVERSE WEATHER –  NWS/NOAA

ALERTS – ROAD CLOSURES

Road Closures: Skagit County DEM

ALERTS – RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

National Forests:  Too dangerous for walks, hikes and driving in wooded areas – Willamette National Forest

ALERTS – TRANSPORTATION

Washington State Ferries:   “Visibility is low across all routes at start of PM commute. Captains have closed outer decks, advises folks to stay seated.” – WSDOT Ferries

ALERT – WEATHER

WATCH : High winds, Flooding and Power outages on the Coast / Coast Range – NWS Portland (OR)

 

REPORT ROADWAY ISSUES

Pierce County, Washington – Report 24/7 to 253-798-6000 or piercecountywa.org/rfa.

Hood Canal Bridge (WA):  SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge closure to vehicles is scheduled at approx. 12:45 am on 10/15/16, expect up to a 60-minute delay (posted 11:56 PM PDT)

HOW TO PREPARE

HOW WOULD YOU PREPARE?

We took a recent Poll on Twitter asking the question:  “What 2 thing would you do to PrepareNOW for an Emergency?”

The Choices were Camp Outdoors, Bring your Generator indoors, Have water for 48 hours and Gas Up your car.

We had hoped no one would pick bringing in their Generator indoors, but 5% of those polled chose this answer.  Check out the reason why this could be so deadly to you and your family. (Check out the image under “What To Do When the Power Goes Out”)

Thank you to those who participated in the Poll.

WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

Here are some ideas of what to have on hand to be Prepared for any type of Emergency, excluding Flooding in your home or inhabitable due to an Earthquake or Tornado:

BEING PREPARED FOR 3 DAYS

“We recommend the following to Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit, Preparation Tips and Ways to Protect You/Your Family Before/During/After an Event.  (Info based upon Fire, Police, Emergency Management and EMS articles, posts and knowledge)” – NWFB

Water:   Include one gallon per person for each day. Note:  Water along with food (unless otherwise labeled) should be changed out every six months.

Food:  Include items such as beef jerky, protein and/or granola bars, canned and/or vacuum packed canned foods and other non-perishables. (Don’t forget your pets and their pet food)

Medications:  Don’t forget to keep this on hand and have enough for the time allotted.  The Disaster or Emergency could last longer than 3 days, i.e. Power outages, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, etc.

Battery-powered Radio:  An alternative could be a hand-crank powered radio.  If you use a Battery operated radio, make sure you have extra batteries.

Flashlights:  There are also alternatives out there, such as, Battery-powered or Solar-powered Latterns. Do not use candles.  These lead to fires when candles are left unattended.

Matches:  These could be used to light pilot lights on gas stoves (inside homes- make sure no smell of gas in the air), camping stoves, fires in fireplaces, etc.

First Aid Kit:  Don’t feel like spending time or energy on putting together a Kit? You can visit various stores such as camping supply stores, specialty stores or the American Red Cross.

We recommend the following for a Kit (TIP:  You can visit the American Red Cross @ http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy to find a full and a complete list or to purchase your own)

  • Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
  • Adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  •  Elastic bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Soap
  • Splint
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Non-latex gloves
  • List of Emergency Phone Numbers (yours)

Great Resources:  3 Days, 3 Ways. Campaign  http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/58

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Via our friends at the Washington State Public Health Agency

RESOURCES

UTILITIES

Pacific Power Portland  (OR):  Reporting downed power lines, call 9-1-1 then 1-877-508-5088.  “Always treat them as if they are LIVE power lines. Stay away!”

Puget Sound Energy (PSE):  Is Your Power out? Check out the  Outage Map   http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Outage-Map.aspx  or you can download for free their app

Seattle City Light:  Report outages to 206-684-3000 or 206-684-7400.  Outage Map:  http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

Snohomish PUD:  Report power outages to them @ 425-783-1001.

OUTAGES

UTILITIES

Snohomish County PUD:  13,000 customers are without power due to winds are picking up.

Seattle City Light:  7 power outages affecting 165 households per outage map.

STORM IMAGES

STORM SURGES

La Push, Washington:  US IOOS gov / NOAA reporting on 10/13/2016 storm rolling in.  Credit:  usioos.gov

SOCIAL MEDIA

WHAT’S BEING SAID ON MEDIA

“I  could care less if I have fuel in the car!  Water + food + shelter.” – Twitter user

“Early data tonight unchanged on strong windstorm track for . Differ on strength: “bad” and “real bad.” Waiting on more later.” – News media

“Wind will start around Olympia about 4-6 PM and in Seattle area a couple of hours later. Wind will pick up suddenly and hard.” – NWS Seattle

“Sat. storm watch: “Whoever gets hit, is going to get hit pretty hard” – Twitter user

“Weather hasn’t been to bad here yet in the Bellevue Area.” – Twitter user

“A Dock was seen heading westbound  floating down the Sammamish River towards Lake Washington.” – Bothell PD

“Right now, strongest effects from will be Seattle area westward.” – Weather source

“Consider postponing your trip this weekend! They’ll still be there next week!” – Washington State Parks

“Due to storms, could be transit interruptions.” – King County Metro  (Seattle, Washington).  Check out their site here –>  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/bulletins/16b2167

“Winds likely E before switching southerly in eve. Expect high wind when southerlies arrive. Can’t specify on SE protection.” – NWS Seattle (@ 1AM PDT)

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Hurricane Matthew Whipping Bahamas | Update 3

HURRICANE MATTHEW WHIPPING BAHAMAS NOW

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Hurricane Matthew is now whipping up some intensive and dangerous winds that are throwing debris around and snapping trees into two according to those reporting as of almost one hour ago (0940 hours EDT).

The Hurricane is said to be on the path to hitting Florida some time day going up the Coast.  At 0800 hours EDT, a weather advisory was issued.  The Hurricane is moving NW at 12 mph with max sustained winds at 125 mph.

Over 1 Million people have been evacuated from South Carolina alone.

Reports of almost 20 deaths in Haiti are attributed to this Storm.

GENERAL INFORMATION

911 EMERGENCIES ONLY

Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901. (FL)

AIRPORT OPERATIONS

Broward County Aviation Department will suspend operations at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport Thursday at 10:30 am.  (FL)

AIR TRAVEL

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will close @ 1100 hours on 10/5/2016. http://nassaulpia.com/airport-notifications/ (Bahamas)

Flights Cancelled:  Currently, 341 arrivals & 305 departures are canceled at MIA, which is about 90% of our daily flight schedule. (Miami FL airport)

ALERTS

Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications.  http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp (CT)

Governors declared State of Emergency. (FL, GA, SC NC)

Sandbags:  Sandbags available to Melbourne residents starting at 10 a.m. Club52/Greyhound Park, 1100 N. Wickham Rd. (Melbourne, FL)

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.” (FL)

CLOSURES

All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/ (FL)

Kennedy Space Center in Houston (TX)

EOC STATUS

Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation. (FL)

EVACUATIONS

Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.   St. Augustine.  unprecedented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user (FL)

Approximately 250,000 people have evacuated from Coastal towns. The Governor ordered more than a 1 Million people to leave their homes, businesses and area for safety. (GA)

Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets. No livestock will be admitted. It is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures. (Lake County, Florida)

State of Emergency:  During the state of emergency, residents can refill prescriptions early. (Pinellas County, Florida)

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:

Pet Evacuation Tips:  (Dogs/Cats/Other Animals)   Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparedness plans.  Please take them with you or have someone come and pick them up.

Photo Courtesy/Miami Beach Police

Pet Identification:  (For Horses – in case they escape)  Identify your during . Braid an engraved dog tag into the mane. Use a breakaway halter so it is easier to catch.

Photo Credit: TC Equine ER

FOLLOW OFFICIALS

“Follow your local officials, watch the weather, do not take any chances…know your evacuation plan” – Florida Gov. Scott. (FL)

HURRICANE QUESTIONS

The Citizen Information Center  (Pinellas County Emergency Management) will open today from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Citizens may call (727) 464-4333 with questions. (FL)

RESOURCES

American Red Cross:  To open 100+ shelters in a various areas ahead of the Storm.  Read this link for preparation tips, apps and other important information.  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Hurricane-Matthew-Devastates-Haiti-Red-Cross-Gets-Ready-for-Massive-Relief-Operation-along-East-Coast

 

Humane Society:  Tips on how to prep your Family member in your Evacuation Plan.  http://www.hsvb.org/emergency.html #PetEvacuation #HumaneSociety #PetLove

FEMA App:  Download the App to find shelters, upload disaster photos to help first responders and receive safety reminders.  https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Hurricane Tracker App:  Download the Hurricane Tracker App” ( Twitter @hurrtrackerapp )   https://twitter.com/hurrtrackerapp/status/783498566056701952?lang=en

Law Enforcement:  Some of the men/women on duty during deadly Hurricane.  Here are some of the faces with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL).

Photo Credit: PBSO

National Guard:   Army & National Guard are setting up shelters/resources in their communities.

Photo Credit/National Guard

OCHA:  Humanatarium aid non-profit organization states There have been 1.3 Million people evaucated in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.  There are 350,000 that need assistance, 15,623 people have been displaced and 152 open shelters.  A more thorough damaged assessment will be done tomorrow.  http://www.unocha.org/hurricane-matthew

Solid Waste Resources:  (Miami Dade County, FL)

UNICEF:   How you can Help –> https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966?utm_campaign=2016_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2016_misc_20161003_SMGuide-unicefusa #UNICEF #Giving

U.S. Navy:  Deploying ships to help with relief aid.  http://www.stripes.com/news/navy-deploys-ships-to-aid-in-hurricane-matthew-relief-1.432380

PRESSERS

POTUS:  We’ve got response teams and supplies ready. This is going to be a serious storm”. (FL)

Ocean County Mayor’s Office.  Thurs. 10/6 @ 10:30 a.m.  (Twitter) will provide a briefing on emergency management efforts, weather, shelter, transportation, sandbags. (FL)

American Red Cross:  

WEATHER ALERTS, FORECASTS

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

5-day Forecast and Coastal areas under a warning or a watch. Photo Credit/NOAA

As of 2300 hours EDT, the eye of #HurricaneMatthew is moving near central Bahamas.  It is expected to intensify as it continues heading towards Florida.

Tropical Storm Nicole:  as of 2300 hours this evening, TS Nicole is said to being close to reaching Hurricane strength.  It is currently South of Bermuda and NNE of San Juan Puerto Rico.  Its max sustained winds have clocked in at 70 mph with max central pressure at 995mb.

General Info

Travel Alert:    “U.S. Embassies in Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas are closed, and most airports in those countries are now closed as well.” (via U.S. State Travel Department)

U.S. Flights:  Airlines begin waiving change fees for U.S. flights.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/10/04/matthew-airlines-waive-fees-caribbean-us-next/91512058/

via Social Media Channels

Death Toll:  Media sources are reporting 17 deaths in Haiti alone.

EU Support:  The has been activated to help tackle the effects of I urge participating states to offer assistance. – Christos Stylianides, EU

Fire Apparatus:  Miami Beach Fire storing some of their spare fire apparatus and trucks in the Miami Marlins (Baseball) garage. Moved in just before the storm arrives.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE PAM: March 11, 2015

DAY 3

Pam is becoming more angrier by the minute and day as she lashes out on the people and destroying property that once stood in her way.  We send our heartfelt and compassion upon the people in the South Pacifc.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

PAM’S MOOD SWINGS

#TCPam intensified late last night into a Category 4, still remains but is due to increase to a level 5.

THE PEOPLE OF KIRIBATI FEEL #TCPAM’S WRATH

They say a picture can tell a thousand words, but this one is quite blunt and doesn’t really need words to explain what is happening.  The people here are bracing for one of the most dangerous and damaging Tropical Storms of all-time.

Photo Courtesy of Kiribati Abau Ni Koaua

 

PETS ARE AFFECTED AS WELL

  • Animal Protection @MoveTheWorld has distributed “Animal Preparedness” messaging to all animal owners in affected Countries.

FIJI’S GOVERNMENT BRACES FOR WORST CASE SCENARIO

  • The National Disaster Management Council meets at NDMO HQ.
  • The National Disaster Emergency Operations Center in Fiji is activated and goes into 24-hour operational period.
  • Humanity Road sends out updates on Fiji’s government.  “Fiji’s military is deployed throughout the Country.
  • Alert to the People:  “There’s still time to PREPARE your home now.”
  • Vanuatu activates emergency plans as Category 5 approaches.
  • Al schools in Northern, Eastern and Western Divisions are shut down on March 12, 2015.

NASA PUTS ON DISPLAY of #TCPAM’S BAD BEHAVIOR

MODIS image of Pam

Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team [Photo Captured March 11, 2015]

When NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Pam on March 11 at 22:50 UTC (6:50 p.m. EDT), the MODIS instrument captured visible data on the storm. The data was made into an image at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The image showed a thick band of powerful thunderstorms wrapped around the eye of the storm. Banding of thunderstorms from the east and north wrapped into the center of circulation. At the time of the image, Pam was moving through the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu was southwest of the storm.

 

 

 

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