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Hurricane Local Statement

Broadcast Time 10/17/2019 11:40 EDT

Hurricane Local Statement
Issued By Broadcast Time 10/17/2019 11:40 EDT
Issuing Time 10/17/2019 11:40 EDT Valid Until 10/17/2019 19:45 EDT

This product covers West Central and Southwest Florida DISTURBANCE OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO EXPECTED TO DEVELOP INTO A TROPICAL OR SUBTROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Storm Surge Watch and Tropical Storm Watch have been issued for Coastal Levy - A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Pasco, and Pinellas * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Storm Surge Watch and Tropical Storm Watch are in effect for Coastal Levy - A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Pasco, and Pinellas * STORM INFORMATION: - About 910 miles west-southwest of Cedar Key FL or about 880 miles west-southwest of Mouth of Tampa Bay FL - 22.4N 95.7W - Storm Intensity 35 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 8 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 is situated over the southwest Gulf of Mexico and is expected to move northeast and approach the Florida panhandle over the next 36-48 hours. Primary concerns along the Florida west coast will be for heavy rainfall and minor coastal flooding. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * SURGE: Prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts across the west central Florida coast. Potential impacts in this area include: - Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast. - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots. - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and numerous rip currents. - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages. Elsewhere across West Central and Southwest Florida, little to no impact is anticipated. * FLOODING RAIN: Locally heavy rain is possible across West Central and Southwest Florida Friday night into Saturday. * TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across West Central and Southwest Florida. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * WIND: Gusty winds are possible across West Central and Southwest Florida Friday night into Saturday, especially along the coast north of Tampa Bay. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- WATCH/WARNING PHASE - Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately. * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your home or business. When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the center of the storm. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean or a large inland lake, in a low-lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with orders that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives of others. When securing your property, outside preparations should be concluded as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of strong gusty winds or flooding can cause certain preparedness activities to become unsafe. Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. There is a threat from tornadoes with this storm. Have multiple ways to receive Tornado Warnings. Be ready to shelter quickly. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov - For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org - For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org NEXT UPDATE ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Tampa Bay Ruskin FL around 5 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.

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