CA Storm | Storm Aftermath | Update 4

 

California Statewide

The Storm has packed helluva fight with Mother Nature and Planet Earth, leaving a lot of pain and agony a long the way.  Here are some glimpses as to what destruction, closures and images have been left behind.

STORM FACTS

Snow Facts

  • Agua Dulce at elev. 2800 feet reported 2.5 Inches Of Snow. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall

  • L.A. receives 216% above average rainfall in four months. (Media)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Big Bear

  • Highways 18, 38, and 330 restricted to residents only. (NWS Los Angeles)

Long Valley

  • Avalanche Triggers Evacuations of McGee, Long Valley (Red Cross Los Angeles)

Mammouth Lakes

  • US 395 closed due to Mammouth Lakes is buried. (Media)

Oakland

  • A sinkhole! (CHP Oakland)
  • Closures for SR 24 to SR 13 for repairs have been completed and will be in effect till approx Wednesday afternoon. (Caltrans District4)

Santa Clarita

  • Canyon HS, 19300 Nadal Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

Wilmington

  • East Wilmington Greenbelt Community Center, 918 N Sanford Avenue, Wilmington CA 90744. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2206 PST

 

 

CA Storm | Storm Ravages State | Update 3

 

California Statewide

Since, we began reporting on the after ill effects of the multiple storms that have ravaged a much drought looking canvas has turned it into overwhelming amounts of water everywhere. Even those in the wine industry are seeing their crops being drowned and taking a huge hit from Mother Nature.

We are gleaning information from Social Media that includes media, government and users like you and I.  Here are some details happening in an area near you…..

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gusty winds expected today. Be alert near fallen trees/branches. Report downed lines to 911. (PG&E)

When we say “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” this is why! Doesn’t take much water (just 6 inches) to cause you to lose control of your car. (LA EMD)

If you can – stay home. Flooding, wires down, stranded vehicles all across LA. Pls do not turn yourself into a victim. (LAFDTalk)

Storm 3 not over potential scattered thunderstorms tonight through 1-23-17 may generate periods heavy rain flash flooding mud debris flows. (LA Office of Emergency)

STORM FACTS

Downtown Los Angeles has received 13.52″ of rain since Oct 1st 2016 which is 216% of the normal rainfall to date of 6.26″ (NWS Los Angeles)

All-time rainfall record at Long Beach today! Daily records at LAX & Camarillo too. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall Totals for California (Photo Credit: NWS Los Angeles)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Alpine Meadows

  • Near Lake Tahoe. Avalanche conditions are extreme. Chains required.

Anaheim

  • Flash flood and high wind warning issued. (Anaheim FD)

Arroyo Grande

  • Responding to multiple reports of power lines down. Please stay indoors if possible. (Five Cities FD)

Atascadero

  • 101 north on ramp closed at San Anselmo.

Baldwin Park

  • Baldwin Park I10 W / Indian Hill Blvd **Roadway Flooding*. (Caltrans District 7)

Bay Area

  • Pinto Lake flooding across Green Valley Road. (Santa Cruz government)
  • Cells (showers) beginning to initiate off the coast. Expect thunderstorms for the this afternoon. (NWS Bay Area)
  • A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning. Please stay off of rocks and jetties and keep your eyes on the ocean. (NWS Bay Area)

Camarillo

  •   SR34/5th St closed. (Caltrans Dist 7)

Carson

  • The is underwater! Both sides shut down.

Davis

  • Hail is currently falling (Freelance Photographer)

Donner Summit

  • I-80 over Donner Summit. High winds & heavy snowfall, snowdrifts on the roadway. (Caltrans District 3)

Duarte

  • Evacuation Shelter open at Duarte City Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010. (Red Cross)

Garden Grove

  • E5 o/s large bldg in danger of flooding, evacuations in progress & requesting public works w/ sandbags. 12821 Knott St. (Fire Media)

Gold Run 

  • East of Gold Run to Nevada State border, chains are required.

Hwy 50

  • Hwy 50 holding traffic For Echo Summit from Chiappa to Meyers due to avalanche control. No ETO. (Caltrans District 3)

I80

  • I-80 is currently closed due to heavy snow and zero visibility. No ETO.

Laguna Beach

  • The coming down hard at Camel Pt and Coast Hwy. (Laguna Beach PD)

Long Beach

  • Here is flooding on 710/Willow in Long Beach. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 7)

  • Rain has turned showery & heaviest precipitation has ended. 3.87″ of rain fell in Long Beach, an all-time daily record-Widespread flooding. (Weather Media)

Los Angeles

  • Beginning to see flow in our local streams and creeks. Never drive through flowing water. Turn Around Don’t Drown! (NWS Los Angeles)
  • Topanga Cnyn N of Chatsworth St flooded. NBound traffic entering SBound lanes. (LAFD Valley Bureau CERT)
  • 710 freeway completely flooded at Pacific Coast Highway. (NWS Los Angeles)
  • The entrance to the Point Dume Beach parking lot is closed due to flooding. (LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors)
  • To report malfunctioning traffic signals call 311. Do not call 911. (LAFD Cert)
  • Mulholland closed due to rock slide at Summit Circle. (Media)
  • Laurel Canyon’s slide:  fallen tree cleared but detours & partial closures from previous mudslide remain in effect. (Los Angeles County)

Fwy draining. Need to remove tree and sweep, then open. Good to check in AM though for night rain. (Photo ((above)) Credit: Caltrans District 7)

Los Angeles County

  • LAFD swift water rescue team at Ballona creek looking for homeless encampments, trying to them to pack up. (Media)
  • 3 Firehawk helicopters staffed with specialized swiftwater rescue teams onboard. They are staged around for response. (LAcoFD)

Los Feliz

  • Gutters are an overflowing. (Government agency)

Malibu

  • Water fall onto Piuma Rd in . Beware of rock and mud flows on the cyn roads. Very dangerous. (Malibu SAR)

Montecito

  • Avoid Sycamore Canyon at Coyote in Montecito. (Pic showed downed trees everyone) reported by (Media)

Mt. Baldy

  • Mt Baldy Road has been closed at Ice House Canyon due to impassable conditions. (Mt. Baldy FD)

Orange County

  • Silverado Canyon’s voluntary evac lifted at 9 pm Sunday. #@OrangeCountyEOC deactivated. (Orange County EOC)
  • Skywarn is deactivated for today. Skywarn activation is requested for Monday. (Skywarn)

Orcutt

  • Tree comes crashing down onto mobile home. Residents evacuated in time. No reported injuries.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Highway completely shutdown due to flooding. (Photo Credit:  Caltrans)

Palomares

  • Niles Canyon closed due to rock and mudslide 1/4 mile east of Palomares.
  • Police: submerged solo vehicle accident into Niles Canyon/ Alameda Creek.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • Periods of heavy rain around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to west L.A. now. Look out for some flooded streets in the area. (Media)

Redding (10 mi North of)

  • NB SHA I-5 Vehicle screening in effect at Fawndale, 10 miles north of Redding. All traffic will be checked for chains. (Caltrans District 2)

Redondo Beach

  • Surf has cut through sand right up to bike path in Redondo Beach.

Riverside County

  • SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB connector closed due to flooding, unknown duration. (Caltrans District 8)

Running Springs

  • Heavy snow in Running Springs – 6 inches in 45 minutes! (Caltrans District 8)

SLO County

  • Water has taken over the playground along the Bob Jones Trail.

San Bernardino

  • PER ALL AGENCIES – TRAVEL NOT ADVISED ANYWHERE ON THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINTOP. (Public Safety Scanner source)

San Clarita

  • Evacuation Shelter opened at Canyon High School 19300 Nadal Street, San Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross)

San Gabriel 

  • San Gabriel & I-10 FWY underpass due to complete flooding of roadway. (City of Gabriel)

Santa Barbara

  • Street closed at Loma Alta @ Cornell, Santa Barbara. Homes reported as okay in this area. (Media)

Santa Barbara County

  • SR-173/SR-138, MM 24, all lanes blocked — road closed for swift water rescue due to flooding, unknown time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)
  • SR-18 from Arrowbear to Snow Valley, MM 34 to 36, multiple vehicles stuck in roadway blocking all lanes, unk time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)

Santa Clara

  • Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Santa Clara and Northwestern San Benito County until 1830 hours tonight.

Santa Clara County

  • Glenwood Drive, a Hwy 17 bypass , collapsed, impassible.

Santa Monica Mountains

  • Due to heavy rains, we are closing Solstice Canyon and Paramount Ranch.

Signal Hill

  • Avoid Walnut Ave/33rd St and California between Willow St and Spring St due to flooding. (Signal Hill PD)

SR27

  • SR27/Topanga Cyn Blvd @ Old Topanga closed due to slide. (Caltrans District 7)

Stockton

  • Down tree blocking street in 2700 blk Bonnie Ln. (Stockton PD)

Thousand Oaks

  • Cascading waterfalls from Santa Monica Mtns. not seen in years. (Media)
  • Potrero Crk @ Foxfield hasn’t seen water in abt 7 years! (Media)

Ventura County

  • Text VCALERT to 313131 to receive emergency notifications in Ventura County. Visit www.vcalert.org for more information. (Ventura County OES)
  • Firefighters from station 50 assisted 4 children with mom and dad who got stranded in a flooded intersection on Pleasant Vly Rd. (VCFD)

Watsonville (7 miles East of)

  • Hwy 129 about 7 miles east of Watsonville near Aromas is CLOSED each way by rock slide, use San Juan Rd as detour.

Yolo Bypass

  • “Everything’s submerged, higher than I’ve seen it since I was a kid.” (Photojournalist)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

Weather Humor

“Maybe this insane amount of rain SoCal is getting is just God crying over the current state of America.” — This is the best one so far and we love it!

“Noah and his Ark just went down my street.”

“Remind your kids not to play in flooded yards. floodwaters contains things like garbage, sewage and bacteria.” (Media) – Great reminder. – Ed.

“There are two kinds of drivers in LA when it’s raining… those driving 10 MPH and those doing 90 MPH. There is no in between.” – Slow down ppl. – Ed.

‘Santa Monica Boulevard? More like Santa Monica Canal.”

“California went from mad max to water world in one month.”

“It’s not raining. It’s alternative drought.”

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2201 PST

 

 

Hurricane Matthew Is A Category | Update 6

Updated 11:30 EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the South Carolina.

STORM FACTS

  • Category 1 Hurricane
  • Passing over South Carolina
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone and rising
  • Fears of Cholera growing
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • 8,450 people awoke in 183 evacuation shelters. – Red Cross
  • 94 trailer loads of supplies will be distributed to communities. – Red Cross
  • How to Help:  https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation – Red Cross

STORM TIMELINE 

8:00 AM EDT

  • Gusty winds on Main Street in Columbia. – Media
  • Severe flooding on the Chatham Parkway near Telfair Place located between  I-16 exit & Hwy 80 (SC).  – News Media

9:00 AM EDT

  • Horrible storm surge in downtown Charleston (SC) with Market and Church streets flooding. – Twitter

10:00 AM EDT

  • Strong winds, flooding, and debris at the Ashley River Tower garage at MUSC. (SC) – News Media
  • People spent the night through the Hurricane on Hilton Head cleared roads so first responders could get to neighborhoods. – News Media
  • Waist deep water on Stiles Ave near Ogeechee Rd. Several trees & powerlines also down. (SC) – SCMPD

Photo Credit/SCMPD

11:12 AM EDT

  • Landfall southeast of McClellanville (SC) as a Category 1 hurricane. – Weather News.

11:28 AM EDT

  • “I  understand ppl are anxious to return home, but I ask evacuees to wait until local authorities determine it is safe to do so.” – GA Governor Deal

HOW TO HELP

  • How to Help:  https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation – Red Cross

TIPS

  •  Keep gas generators away from homes & garages. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes.  – U.S. Fire (USFA)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • More officers coming in. Long shifts worked, long shifts ahead. – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
  • Firefighters responding to hard hit areas to provide relief. – Miami Beach Fire

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Hurricane Matthew’s Anger Present on Atlantic Coast | Update 5

Updated 2am EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the State of Florida.

STORM FACTS

  • Category 2 Hurricane
  • Passing over Savannah NOW @ 1:53 AM EDT
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • Tornadoes are forming overnight in the SC area

Credit/The Weather Channel

TIMELINE OF STORM ACTIVITIES

1:30 AM EDT

  • 80,000 power outages in Lowcountry
  • Eyewitness counts of large trees being uprooted/bowled over by high winds

1:50 AM EDT

  • Matthew is 50 miles off of Coast of Savannah

1:55 AM EDT

  • Matthew is now 45 miles South of Hilton Head (SC).
  • Storm moving 12 mph with 105 mph winds

1:56 AM EDT

  • Greenville (SC) reporting as dry, cloudy and windy

2:00 AM EDT

  • Storm now 45 miles S of Hilton Head (SC) and 95 miles SSW of Charleston (SC).
  • Storm is heading North @ 12 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph.
  • Storm surge flooding in SC, FL and GA now.
  • NOAA releases a Public Advisory related to storm flooding surges, preparation tips (if sheltering in place), where the storm is currently located. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT4+shtml/080541.shtml
  • Tidal gauge has breached 9.0 feet and continues to rise quickly as eye-wall nears Charleston (SC).

2:10 AM EDT

  • Media reporting 4 people have died in Florida related storm.

2:12 AM EDT

  • Jacksonville (FL) Public Works in process of restoring traffic lights
  • 19,000 Canoochee (GA) residents without power.  City working on it as fast as possible.

2:17 AM EDT

  • Storm hitting NE Florida, producing 15 inches of rain and a 10 foot storm surge.
  • 11 inches reported in Bluffon. Storm surge. Eye of storm hitting area now.

2:21 AM EDT

  • Strong winds hitting Hardeeville (SC) occurring.

2:30 AM EDT

  • Wall @ The Battery in Downtown Charleston just toppled down.
  • White Pt. Gardens have been inundated.
  • Storm ready to hit the area between Hilton Head Island and Charleston

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

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.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew’s Fury | Update 2

HURRICANE MATTHEW WORST IN A DECADE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds downgraded to a Category 4.

Cuba and Haiti were hit hard.  Lots of flooding, mudslides and everything residents are now gone.

Now, the Hurricane is heading towards Florida at a rapid rate of speed and due to cause some terrifying moments for all those on the Coast and its path.  One of the worst storms felt in a 10 years.

ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS

Bahamas

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

Connecticut

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

Florida

911 for Emergencies Only:  Remember, for emergencies please dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 305.673.7901.

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

Bracing for Heavy Damage:  “Regardless of a direct hit or not, the impact will be devastating.” – Gov. Scott.

Closed:  All Ports to inbound vessel traffic.  Operators have ceased all container operations.

Closures:  Traffic, schools, universities, road closures for Miami Dade County.  http://www.miamidade.gov/emergency/

EOC Status:  Miami Dade County EOC is now at a Level 2 Activation.

Evacuations:  Miami Dade County. Mayor orders evacuations of all mobile home parks.

Evacuations:  St. Augustine.  Unprecidented! Mandatory evacuation for ALL historic City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. – Twitter user

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

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.

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

Presser:  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.

Warning:  “Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks President Obama for emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Matthew.”

Weather Forecasters: “Storm is just 325 miles off of the Coast.” (2300 hours EDT)

Georgia

 Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

North Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

South Carolina

Alert:  Governor declared State of Emergency.

Evacuations:  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.

Texas

Closed:  Kennedy Space Center in Houston

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

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.  #Shelters #Resources

Photo Credit/National Guard

Ocean County (FL) Fire Rescue:  5 strike teams just completed 12-hr shift when req to assist in the hospital evac.   Patients evac’d from Rockledge hospital to Melbourne & Davenport.

Ocean County (FL) Shelters:  

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

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

Solid Waste Resources:  Miami Dade County, Florida. 

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

PREPARATION TIPS

Preparedness Tips

  • Charge your Phone battery
  • Gas up your vehicle

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.

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]

U.S. potential rainfall in the next 72-hour window. Photo Credit/NOAA

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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Hurricane Matthew Slams into Tropical Islands | Update 1

HURRICANE MATTHEW UNLEASHING ITS FURY

hurricane-matthew-by-nasa-10-4-2016

Photo Credit/NASA (Taken on Oct. 4, 2016)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A Category 4 hurricane has slammed and caused catastrophic damages to Cuba and Haiti.  The hurricane began building its character on September 29th as a Category 5 but losing some wind speeds down to a Category 4, but the Hurricane has pummeled the tropical islands in the Caribbean.

Now, the Hurricane has prompted millions of people to be evacuated away from Coastal towns/areas/states.

— IMPORTANT INFORMATION —

Alerts  / Notifications

Bahamas

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

Connecticut

Connecticut State:  Sign-up for Alerts and Notifications. http://www.ctalert.gov/ctalert/site/default.asp

Florida

Pinellas County Emergency Management:  Citizen lnfo Center to open Wed, 9am-9pm (727) 464-4333  > http://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/pinellas-monitoring-hurricane-matthew/?platform=hootsuite

Broward & Miami-Dade Counties:  All schools closed. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/10/04/no-school-closures-yet-in-miami-dade-broward-ahead-of-hurricane-matthew/

Miami:  Biscayne National Park Islands have been closed.

Floridians: “Prepare for a direct hit’ -Gov. Scott.

Georgia

 State of Emergency Declared:  “Acting on a recommendation from our Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of , I issued a SOE for 13 counties.” – Gov. Nathan Deal.

North Carolina

State of Emergency Declared:  ” Mayor of Southport declares state of emergency.” – City Mayor Dove.

South Carolina

Dorchester County :  As you are reviewing our county evacuation zones remember that IF you are NOT in one of the zones BUT you live in a mobile/manufactured home OR in a low-lying area, you need to strongly consider relocating to a safe structure. – Emergency Management Department.

South Carolina State:  “Gov. Haley declares state of emergency.”

— RESOURCES — 

Shelter / Evacuations

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

Photo Credit/National Guard

Take Your Pets with You!

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

Human Services  – Donations

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

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

— SOCIAL MEDIA —

Georgia and South Carolina told by Governors to brace for a direct hit. Photo Credit/NOAA

Travel

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

U.S. Airlines:  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/

Media Streaming

Florida:  “Matthew poses the highest risk to Palm Beach County.”

Florida, Keys:  “Tropical Storm warning issued.”

Florida, South:  “6 stations out of gas by 12am.”

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

Haiti:  “Heavy rainfall beginning to hit at St Boniface Hospital this morning. Our team is weathering.”

Satellite Image:   “Large discussion about this photo looking like a skull and how it is 27 days from Halloween.” Twitter users are all  >Freaking out> and all abuzz about it.

Photo Credit/NASA

Traveling Advice:  “It took 3.5 hours to get to Columbia, and it’s a blessing it didn’t take longer. Take Hwy 176 instead of I-26.” (Tweeted @ 12:49am EDT).

Weather Reports:  “New American model shows strengthening upper high in Texas turning back east after it misses trough “train” northward.”

“Thank you for reading our Blog. Please send good vibes, prayers and other support to those who are in the path of the one of the biggest Hurricanes in 50 years.”

~ Lisa / Blogger ~

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Water Rescues Happening Now – #ChesterfieldCoPA

Updated 1818 Hours PDT

 

Incident Summary

Scanner feed has been picked up stating as 30 minutes ago, multiple water rescues are in progress in the Chesterfield County, Pennsylvania.

Scanner Feed (http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/20873) says boats are being requested.

This is due to torrential downpours causing severe flooding

Weather Forecast

Another torrential downpour is expected in the next hour (it is 2126 Hours) and more flooding.

Areas Affected

The current locations mentioned are the following areas:

  • River Road
  • Mount Joy Road
  • NIchol Street
  • Bigler Avenue
  • Martin Street
  • Turnpike Avenue (closed) as of 2132 PDT
  • W Front

Scanner Feed Chatter

There was chatter about Divers being sent to the Nichols Street area.  Other areas are being evacuated and residents being moved to shelters.

Social Media

We are using #ClearfieldCoPAFloods as reference to these floods.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Update 1 | Hail Storm Hits Lamar County TX

Updated 5/9/2016 – Monday – 2039 PDT / 2239 CDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Several tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service – Ft. Worth in the Paris and near Sumner this evening.

Reports of large hail the size of 1.7″ around 2120 CDT and 2.75% around 1756 CDT hit the area of Paris, Texas – a City of approximately 24,895 (2014 Census) and a high population of 1800 Vets (2010-2014).

 

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire

  • Paris Fire Department

Police

  • TX State Troopers
  • Lamar Co Sheriffs Dept

 

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Fire and Police are running from one dispatched call to the next.  Here are some of the calls they are responding to:

Downed Trees

  • 82E @ Blossom:  Trees in the Street.

Flooding Calls

  • Tinker Street: water up to the front steps of homes. (2210 CDT)
  • Ash & Cedar Closed:  Roadway impassable (2209 CDT)
  • 22500:  Flooded
  • 22900: Now cleared.
  • 271 South:  Past Cobb Ranch Rd. under water. Passable. (2217 CDT)
  • SE 26th Street:  Furniture washed down roadway.
  • Center:  High water on both East and West sides.

Power Outages

  • Abbott Lane:  Medical call + power outage. (2212 CDT)

Welfare Check

  • Main Street:  House on corner. Fire being sent to check condition of residents. (2211 CDT)

 

FLOODS

History

  • 5/9/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX
  • 5/1/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX
  • 4/29/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX

 

WEATHER 

Current Conditions

  • Temp: 67-degrees
  • Precipitation: 15%
  • Humidity:  75%
  • Wind:  11 mph

2-Day Forecast

  • 5/9/2016 – Monday:  67-degrees. Partly cloudy w/20% precip. Winds from S at 6 mph and 82% humidity.
  • 5/10/2016 – Tuesday:  High 89/ Low 67.  Cloudy in the AM, Sun in the evening.  20% precip.  Winds from SSW 15 mph with 67% humidity.

 

LIVE SCANNER FEEDS

Amateur Radio 

Law Enforcement

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #ParisTXFloods2016
  • #ParisTX
  • #LamarCoTX
  • #smem

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Western Washington Weather Brings Lots of Rain, Flooding and Mudslides

WEATHER SUMMARY

Tuesday’s weather has been a very soggy day bringing lots of rain with some reporting up to 2″ in some places, causing flooding and mudslides in Western Washington State.  Already saturated by rains in the last few days, more began dumping today and not letting up until later this afternoon.

By then, areas like Kent reported large flooded areas and some drivers ignoring common sense and trying to “drive” [we call it boating] across large bodies of water that seemed more like a big swimming hole.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Index

  • Index Galena Rd |  @ MP 3 to end of Roadway | Closed: 11/9/15 – Long-term closure | Washout | Source: Snohomish County Public Works.

Granite Falls

  • Monte Cristo Rd | Mtn Loop Hwy to end of roadway | Closed:  4/24/15 1200 PST, Long-term closure | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Mtn Loop Hwy | Monte Cristo Rd – White Chuck River Rd | Closed:  11/18/15 1745 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

Monroe

  • Ben Howard | 311 Ave SE – Cedar Ponds Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/18/15 2030 PST | Source: Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Tualco Loop Rd | Tualco Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed:  12/8/15 2100 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

Palouse

  • Hwy 27 | 2 Mi N of Palouse | Landslide blocking roadway | Source:  KREM 2 News 12/8/15 2122PST

Sultan

  • 35 Avenue SE | 141 St SE – 139 St SE | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1230 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • 311 Ave SE | SR 2 – Mann Rd | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1930PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.
  • Mann Rd | 311 Ave SE to end of Road | Water over Roadway | Closed: 12/8/15 1530 PST | Source:  Snohomish County Public Works.

FLOOD WARNINGS  [Source:  NWS Seattle]

Skokomish River Near Potlatch

  • Warning til Thursday, 12/10/15
  • Flood stage is 16.5′
  • Currently at 17.6′ as of Tuesday, 12/8/15
  • Expected to rise & crest at 17.8′
  • Major flooding occurring
  • Expected to drop below flood stage at 0400 Wed, 12/9/15
  • Expected to drop to 17.5′ on Thursday AM
  • To cause additional major flooding, deep & quick floodwaters flooding some homes, roadways and much of the farm land in Skokomish Valley.

FLOOD WATCHES [Source:  NWS Seattle]

  • Lower Columbia and I – 5 Corridor in Cowlitz County; South Washington Cascade Foothills; Willapa Hills | Expires: 12/9/15 0400PST.
  • Central Columbia River Gorge; Western Columbia River Gorge | Expires:  12/9/15 1600PST.
  • Greater Vancouver Area | Expires:  12/9/15 1900PST.
  • South Washington Cascades | Expires:  12/10/15 0852PST.
  • South Washington Coast | Expires:  12/11/15 1200PST.
  • Yakima | Expires:  12/10/15 0852PST.
  • Cowlitz | Expires:  12/9/15 1903PST.
  • Whatcom | Expires:  12/9/15 1624PST.
  • Snohomish | Expires:  12/10/15 0723PST.
  • Mason | Expires:  12/10/15 2040PST.
  • Grays Harbor | Expiring Until Further Notice. 

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS [Source:  NWS Seattle]

Bellevue & Vicinity, Bremerton & Vicinity, E Puget Sound lowlands, Seattle & Vicinity, W Slopes North Cascade and Passes, W Slopes N Central Cascades and Passes, West Slopes S Central Cascades and Passes.

  • Additional heavy rainfall: expected tonight will lead to an increased threat of landslides in Western Washington.
  • Rainfall expected: 4-7″ on the Coast.
  • Rainfull expected:  5″ elsewhere in lowlands.
  • Rainfall total expected:  1-3″ rain expected in lowlands in the next 18-hour period ending 12/9/15 1000 PST.
  • 12/7/15:  Landslides occurred in Woodinville and Edmonds.
  • Future Expectations:  More land/mudslides to occur.
  • Warning Expires:  12/9/15 1400 PST

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