PRESS RELEASE #4

10/10/2018 2:30 P.M.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, GA. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

From the National Weather Service: Hurricane Michael is a solid category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 MPH.

Michael is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, widespread power outages that will last days to even more than a week in some areas, downed trees that will block access to roads and endanger individuals, structural damage to homes and businesses, isolated flash flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Trees falling on homes will become a dangerous and potentially deadly situation. Preparations and evacuations should be complete at this time. Now is the time to shelter in place in an interior room away from windows at the lowest level possible.

Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the Florida Panhandle, Western Big Bend, SW Georgia and SE Alabama. Remain well sheltered from life-threatening wind having devastating impacts. Peak Wind Forecast: 50-65 mph with gusts to 85 mph; Window for Tropical Storm force winds: until early Thursday morning. POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind greater than 110 mph.

Plan for extreme wind of equivalent CAT 3 hurricane force or higher due to possible forecast changes in track, size, or intensity.

PREPARE: Last minute efforts should solely focus on protecting life. The area remains subject to catastrophic

wind damage.

ACT: Now is the time to shelter from life-threatening wind.

be ready to move to the safest place inside your shelter if

necessary.

Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across the Florida Panhandle, Western Big Bend, SW Georgia and SE Alabama. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood waters having extensive impacts.

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 4-8 inches, with locally

higher amounts.

POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for major

flooding rain

PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for

major flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are

likely.

PREPARE: Strongly consider protective actions, especially

if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take

action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive- Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or

washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover

escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of

moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions

become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some

weakened or washed out.

Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend and SW Georgia. Remain well braced against a dangerous tornado event having significant impacts.

LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Tornado Watch is in effect

Situation is favorable for tornadoes, POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for several tornadoes

PLAN: Emergency plans should continue to include the potential for several tornadoes.

PREPARE: Stay within your shelter keeping informed of the

latest tornado situation.

ACT: Move quickly to the safest place within your shelter

if a tornado warning is issued.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant, the occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures.

Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile

homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped

or uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about. Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.

During the peak of the storm be ready to move quickly. Keep your shoes on and rain gear handy. Boots and athletic shoes offer the best foot protection if you become unexpectedly exposed to the weather.

Keep your cell phone charged and in power-saving mode. If you lose power, use it sparingly and mainly for personal emergencies and check-ins.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, quickly move to the safest place within your shelter. Protect your head and body.

If an Extreme Wind Warning is issued for your area, move to the safest place within your shelter. Take the same life-saving actions as if it were a violent tornado.

HURRUCANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 500 PM EDT

The following Comfort Stations will open Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 a.m.

Oakview Church of God

Iron City Baptist Church

Spring Creek Baptist Church

Donalsonville First Baptist Church

CURFEW IN EFFECT, 8:00 P.M. 10/10/18 6:00 A.M. 10/11/18 (MAY BE EXTENDED)

ONLY CALL 911 FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES.

FOR NON EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CALL 229-524-5115.

CONTACT DONALSONVILLE HOSPITAL FOR RESPITE CARE 229-524-5217, EXT. 210

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PRESS RELEASE #3

10/10/2018 10:00 A.M.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, GA. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

SEEK SHELTER NOW IF YOU ARE IN A MOBILE HOME.

A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY, GEORGIA. A HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THE MAIN THREAT OF TORNADOS WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY. LOCAL HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, 5 TO 7 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE.

CURFEW IN EFFECT, 8:00 P.M. 10/10/18 6:00 A.M. 10/11/18 (MAY BE EXTENDED)

Hurricane force winds (74 110 mph) are forecast: potential peak wind gusts in excess of 95 mph can be expected beginning midday on Wednesday, 10/10/18 through midnight. Tropical storm force winds will be in our area to begin at approximately2:00 p.m. today through Thursday, 10/11/18 through 5:00 a.m.

Timing for this event for Seminole County is from 2 a.m. Wednesday, October 10 through early morning Thursday, October 11, 2018.

MAKE IMMEDIATE PREPARATIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY NOW, secure outdoor furniture, trashcans, trampolines, and all other loose articles that could be blown away and may cause injury.

SEEK SHELTER NOW IF YOU ARE IN A MOBILE HOME.

PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS AND OTHERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PREPARE PROPERLY FOR THIS STORM EVENT. EMERGENCY CREWS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND DEBRIS IN ROADWAYS.

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL, PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS. PLEASE STAY INSIDE A REINFORCED BUILDING.

ONLY CALL 911 FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES.

FOR NON EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CALL 229-524-5115.

CONTACT DONALSONVILLE HOSPITAL FOR RESPITE CARE 229-524-5217, EXT. 210.

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PRESS RELEASE #2 - 10/9/2018 7:00 P.M.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, GA. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY, GEORGIA. A HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THE MAIN THREAT OF TORNADOS WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY. LOCAL HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, 5 TO 7 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE.

CURFEW IN EFFECT, 8:00 P.M. 10/10/18 6:00 A.M. 10/11/18 (MAY BE EXTENDED)

Hurricane force winds (74 110 mph) are forecast: potential peak wind gusts in excess of 95 mph can be expected beginning midday on Wednesday, 10/10/18 through midnight. Tropical storm force winds will be in our area through Thursday, 10/11/18 through 6:00 a.m.

Timing for this event for Seminole County is from 2 a.m. Wednesday, October 10 through early morning Thursday, October 11, 2018.

MAKE IMMEDIATE PREPARATIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY NOW, secure outdoor furniture, trashcans, trampolines, and all other loose articles that could be blown away and may cause injury.

WINDS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO MOBILE HOMES.

PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS AND OTHERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PREPARE PROPERLY FOR THIS STORM EVENT. EMERGENCY CREWS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND DEBRIS IN ROADWAYS.

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL, PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS. PLEASE STAY INSIDE A REINFORCED BUILDING.

ONLY CALL 911 FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES.

FOR NON EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CALL 229-524-5115.

CONTACT DONALSONVILLE HOSPITAL FOR RESPITE CARE 229-524-5217, EXT. 210.

 

The Seminole County Courthouse and Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, 2018 due to anticipated inclement weather from Hurricane Michael.

Road Department personnel will be on standby and are prepared to respond as needed following the storm event.

All EMS personnel will be operating from the main station in Donalsonville during the storm; once conditions improve, normal operations will resume and EMS personnel will return to the Lake Seminole substation. Please be aware that ambulance operations will cease at the onset of 45 mph sustained winds.

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