Hurricane Updates | October 3, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

We are updating SitReps for the various ongoing U.S. Hurricanes Disaster Recovery events.  Here is our recap for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

HURRICANE MARIA 

Puerto Rico

FEMA IMT 1 is Lead Agency. They are tasked with the establishing of an Incident support base for the receipt and distribution of commodities, supplies and resources. IMT 2 is coordinating with other agencies to plan and prioritize road clearing.  FDNY IMT 2 has been assigned with damage assessment to critical infrastructure including roads, water systems and communications.  206  total active personnel.

U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Croix and is managing a logistical staging area for incoming responders.  IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Thomas to support the receiving and distribution of emergency supplies to aid in the relief efforts.  45 total active personnel.

HURRICANE HARVEY

Texas A&M Forest Service IMT 2 has mobilized to College Station, TX to support recovery and mitigation efforts, surveying impacts on local fire departments and distributing donated fire equipment.  There are 74 active personnel assigned to this Disaster event.

HURRICANE IRMA

South Florida Parks and the National Park Service are working together with an IMT 2 team.  The IMT is overseeing the site assessment, debris cleanup and emergency stabilization within National Parks in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.   There are 244 active personnel assigned to this incident.  A very preliminary cost-to-date is at $2.7 Million.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1915 hours PDT

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

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.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Hurricane Matthew Slams into Tropical Islands | Update 1

HURRICANE MATTHEW UNLEASHING ITS FURY

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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

UPDATE 2 |Hurricane #Patricia Downgraded

SUMMARY

Great News!

Hurricane #Patricia is weakening slowly and therefore has been downgraded from a Category 5 to a 4, but sill remains extremely dangerous as a major Hurricane over Mexico with min pressure of 946 mb and max sustained at 130 mph with higher gusts of winds.

The Hurricane is said to have made landfall around 0615 local time.

No injuries or specific damage reports have been received yet.

Hurricane #Patricia as of 0325 UTC or 2025 PDT on 10/23/15 [Courtesy of NOAA GOES East Imagery Sattelite]

Hurricane #Patricia as of 0325 UTC or 2025 PDT on 10/23/15 [Courtesy of NOAA GOES East Imagery satellite]

LOCATION

A Public  Advisory  given by NWS website at 0300 UTC or 2200 CDT state the Hurricane is moving 20 mph NNE.  It is now located 85 miles NNW of Manzanillo and 50 miles SE of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

 

WARNINGS

Hurricane Warning:  San Blas to Punta San Telmo.

Tropical Storm Warning:  East of Punta San Telmo to Lzaro Cardenas and N of San Blas to El Roblito.

ALERTS

The following States are on alert or have been impacted:

  • Aguacalentes
  • Colima
  • Durango
  • Mexico State
  • Guanajuato
  • Guerrero
  • Michogcan
  • Nayarit
  • Zactecas
  • Jalisco*

*  34 Municipalities in Jalisco have declared a state of emergency

FUTURE FORECAST

The Weather Service expect #Patricia will become a tropical storm tomorrow and a tropical depression in the afternoon.

(Source: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPEP5+shtml/240242.shtml)

RAINFALL PREDICTED

Rainfall from Hurricane #Patricia is still expected to fall to accumulations of 8-12″ with  a max total of 20″ in isolated areas.  Heavy rainfall is due to impact Mexican States: Nayant, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday.

With this amount of rainfall, this could produce life-threatening flooding and mud slides.

COMMUNICATIONS

They are asking the Amateur Radio communities to keep 14,120 kHz and 21,120 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic. Emergency net has been established on 7060.

(Source:  http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-in-mexico-prepare-as-powerful-hurricane-patricia-nears-landfall)

Hurricane #Patricia. [Courtesy of NWS]

Hurricane #Patricia. [Courtesy of NWS]

SOCIAL MEDIA

We will be providing  Updates gleaned from Social Media and on the internet.

If you feel we may have missed something, please let us know.  You can reach us on Twitter @nwfireblog or drop us a line at nwfireblog@comcast.net.

Storm Updates – Facebook Page “Hurricane Patricia”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HurricanePatricia – Moderator:  Peter Corless.  The Page lists updates regarding the weather, Embassy info for UK residents, Preparations and personal commentaries by its members. 26 members to date.

Travel within Mexico

@fema : U.S. citizens traveling in Mexico, you can follow these for more information on Hurricane #Patricia. If you’re a US citizen traveling in Mexico, you can follow  @usembassyMEX, @travelgov @statedept .

Safe and Well Reporting

American Red Cross has a Safe and Well website you can register to let loved ones know you are safe and well or you can search friends and family on this website.  Here is the link –> http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing

Message Board for the La Manzanilla Community

http://members5.boardhost.com/lamanzanilla/

UPDATES

We will continue to monitor the weather, status of the Hurricane and all other weather related damage assessment, injuries, etc.

OUR COMMENTARY

The Mexican people are in our thoughts and prayers as this Hurricane is directly impacting them. First Responders, be safe out there. We are thinking of you all.

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog

Social Media:  @nwfireblog / Twitter — The NW Fire Blog / Facebook


			

DISASTER FORECASTED | Hurricane #Patricia Strongest Ever Seen and Recorded

SUMMARY

Why all of a sudden with all the Alerts and sheer panic? Why are we just now hearing about this?

As one writes on Social Media:

The storm nearly literally “came out of nowhere.” It first was issued as an advisory on Tuesday at 10 AM, with the innocuous comment: “TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS SOUTH OF THE GULF OF TEHUANTEPEC… …EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN…”

By 10 PM Tuesday, it was already “Tropical Storm Patricia.”

By 4:00 AM Thursday, it was “Hurricane Patricia.”

Usually on the Atlantic, you can watch the formation of hurricanes as they begin way out over the Atlantic. This storm just spawned as if it were “a match thrown onto a pool full of gasoline.”

So, there you have the best answer that we could locate – and, it totally makes sense.

IMMEDIATE BROADCASTS

The National Weather Center / Hurricane Center updated Public Safety Advisory #15 (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPEP5+shtml/231448.shtml) at 1000 Hours CDT (NWS Hurricane Center in Florida),

“Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane Patricia moving Northward toward Landfall in Southwestern Mexico.”

It has been stated by the Weather Service, Hurricane #Patricia is the strongest eastern N Pacific Hurricane to be on record to hit landfall and considered the strongest tropical cyclone on record in terms of sustained speeds at 200mph.  Some sources are reporting that the Hurricane is also reaching gusts of 250mph.

Weather watches and warnings have been issued.  The Mexican Government has also issued their own Tropical Storm Warning and evacuation preparations began yesterday into working diligently overnight.

WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES

Hurricane Warning (Definition: Means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within about 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.)

  • San Blas to Punta San Telmo

Hurricane Watch (Definition:  means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.)

  • East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas

Tropical Storm Warning (Definition:  means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.)

  • East of Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas
  • North of San Blas to El Roblito

Preparation to Protect Life and Safety should be immediately moved to completion.

RAINFALL PREDICTED

Rainfall from Hurricane #Patricia is expected to be 8-12″ accumulations with some at a total of 20″ in isolated areas.  Heavy rainfall is due to impact Mexican States: Nayant, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday.

With this amount of rainfall, this could produce life-threatening flooding and mud slides.

US FLOOD ALERTS

There are Alerts about lower Coastal flooding in the South Central States:  in the New Orleans and Shreveport areas into Houston, TX.  Read this more detailed article here –> http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/flooding-tropical-downpours-patricia-texas-oklahoma-central-us/53098639.

WIND CONDITIONS

Winds are predicted to reach Hurricane conditions in the warning areas in the next several hours. Worst conditions are expected to occur this afternoon / evening.

This Hurricane is predicted to be a Category 5 when it hits landfall is said to continue with sustained winds of 200 mph with higher gusts and is expected to travel North-Northeasterly across Western and Northern Mexico.  The forecast is predicting the Hurricane then will quickly weaken over the mountains.

STORM SURGE

Large to destructive waves are predicted to occur and cause life-threatening coastal flooding.

SURF

Swells are already affecting portions of the Southern Coasts in Mexico.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

The Amateur Radio Operators in the Mexican State of Colima activated the Emergency net from the University of Colima by Omar Alvarez, XE1AO.  The net is operating on 7060 kHz.

They are asking the Amateur Radio communities to keep 14,120 kHz and 21,120 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic.

Reported so far:

  • Water Supply and most major grocery outlets closed in Manzanillo
  • Economic activity has been shut down in Manzanillo and Colima
  • Most tourists evacuated from all Coastal hotels
  • Evacuation of 60,000 residents currently under way
  • Colima still has some businesses open

(Source:  http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-in-mexico-prepare-as-powerful-hurricane-patricia-nears-landfall)

Hurricane #Patricia. [Courtesy of NWS]

Hurricane #Patricia. [Courtesy of NWS]

RESOURCES

We will be providing Resource Info in each of our Updates.  If you feel we may have missed something, please let us know.  You can reach us on Twitter @nwfireblog or drop us a line at nwfireblog@comcast.net.

Facebook Page – “Hurricane Patricia”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HurricanePatricia – Moderator:  Peter Corless.  The Page lists updates regarding the weather, Embassy info for UK residents, Preparations and personal commentaries by its members. 26 members to date.

OUR COMMENTARY

We have a lot of faith in Emergency Management and know they are working tirelessly  in evacuating people out of harm’s way.  Those in Mexico, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog


			

FEMA: “We’re Looking for Those Who Made a Difference After Sandy”

 

Do you know an individual or group who made an impact after Sandy? Recognize them!

  Posted by: Rich Serino, Deputy Administrator

At FEMA and across the federal government, we recognize that in order to successfully support disaster survivors and meet the needs of the community, the whole community must work together as a team. A month ago, I wrote about some of the successes of bringing together government and non-government partners to solve challenges we faced in responding to Hurricane Sandy. Recognizing our community partners is critical to the efforts to rebuild and recover. The White House is hosting a Champions of Change event to recognize individuals and organizations that provided truly remarkable and creative contributions to support the response and ongoing recovery of Hurricane Sandy.

Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to listen to many survivors and speak with a number of FEMA’s partners. During these conversations, I heard time and time again about the outstanding people and groups that have made a real and tangible difference. We now want to recognize these contributions, but need you to identify the champions! If you or someone you know demonstrated outstanding leadership (or was more of a hidden hero) after Sandy, I strongly encourage you complete a White House Champions of Change application. Here are some quick details about the process and next steps:

  • You may nominate individuals, groups or organizations for their work related to Hurricane Sandy. We encourage nominations from all individuals and organizations involved in Hurricane Sandy response and recovery.
  • Individuals wishing to submit a nomination must complete the form and return it by Wednesday, March 6. To submit a nomination, please e-mail the form to FEMA-Sandy-Champions@fema.dhs.gov with the subject line “WH Champions of Change.”
  • Once the nomination period has closed, a panel of FEMA leaders will evaluate and select finalists. The White House will then consider the list of finalists and make final selections. Final selections will be announced in early April 2013.
  • The White House will host a Champions of Change event April 24, 2013 to recognize those who made a positive impact following Hurricane Sandy. So take the time to complete the short application and spread the word. 

The best solutions to the issues we face come from the people and the communities that are closest to the challenges of disaster response and recovery. I know that to be the case because I’ve seen it in action.

 

 [Courtesy of FEMA Blog]