TEXAS HIT BY DELUGE OF RAIN, STORM SURGES, EVERYTHING AT ONCE | 2

HURRICANE HANNA

UPDATE 2 – 2220 PT

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Hurricane Hanna, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Claudette in 2003 has made landfall on Padre Island and mainland Texas in Kennedy County around 1815 CDT.  Over 10+ inches of rain have fallen in some parts of southern portion of the hurricane eye.

Texas Governor Abbott declares a State of Disaster for 32 counties.  It has been assessed as just shy of a CAT 2 status earlier today.

Photo | Galveston  Island HIstoric Pleasure Pier

Photo Credit | NWS Storm Prediction Center

RESOURCES

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. World Central Kitchens’ Chefs for America have their Brownsville location available and reaady to deploy if needs should arise. NWS Corpus Christi.  Texas Governor Abbott.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

To report non-life threatening issues, such as street flooding or other weather related concerns, call 3-1-1. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.  – City of McAllen, Texas.

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A proclamation has been issued in Hidalgo County declaring a local state of disaster due to the expected catastrophic flooding.  – Richard F. Cortez, Hidalgo County Judge.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Rain is picking up a little speed.”

Looks like the Hurricane has stalled and sitting.  It appears to be spinning and dumping rain while pushing the storm surge.”

“What started off as a Tropical Storm turned into a Hurricane. Now we have a tornado watach until 0900 CDT Sunday.”

Photo Credit | NWS Brownsville

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It’s not hurricane season yet but i’s already a busy one. Stronger storms generally hit the area in late August and September.”

“People refused help from the Fire Department  to evacuate and now the Coast Guard has to risk their lives to rescue them.”

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2 – 7/25/2020 2220 PT

HURRICANE HANNA HITS TEXAS WITH A 1-2-3 PUNCH ALL AT ONCE | 1

HURRICANE HANNA

Update 1 | 7/25/2020 | 1715 PT, 1915 CDT

Hurricane Hanna, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Claudette in 2003 has made landfall on Padre Island and mainland Texas in Kennedy County around 1815 CDT.

Texas Governor Abbott declares a State of Disaster for 32 counties.  It has been assessed as just shy of a CAT 2 status.

Photo | Galveston  Island HIstoric Pleasure Pier

Various pier and areas are reporting surf heights of 10-15 feet.  This includes St. Joe’s Island, Horace Caldwell Pier, Fish Pash, North Padre Seawell and the list goes on.  Water temps are 86-88*F with regular air temps at 80*F.

Photo Credit | NWS Storm Prediction Center

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RESOURCES

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center. World Central Kitchens’ Chefs for America have their Brownsville location available and reaady to deploy if needs should arise. NWS Corpus Christi.  Texas Governor Abbott.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Waves lapping up against the Corpus Christi Bay Art Museum in Downtown. I am flabbergasted.” Weather Spotter.

“Really quited down. Grazing the eye of the hurricane. The wild howling almost stopped altogether.” – Hurricane Chaser.

“Storm surges at Whitecap Beach, water has passed the dunes and will soon threaten Hwy-361.” – NWS Corpus Christi (7/25/2020 0633 CDT)

Photo Footage | City of Galvenston’s Galveston Beach Surf Cam

“Traffic flowing on freeways in Raymondville, just off of Hwy 177 while power lines are sparking and electricity is out in the area. ” – Relief Organization.

“The Selena Memorial Statue is still standing strongin DT Corpus Christi despite the sea wall and T-head surrounding it is being flooded.” – News Reporter.

“What used to be the McGee Beach in DT Corpus Christi, is now overtaken by a storm surge.” – News Reporter.

“The North Beach in Corpus Christi appears to be decimated by winds, storm surges and high wave action.” – Weather Reporter.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

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