.THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR COLLIER COUNTY…
…THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM EDT FOR
SOUTHWESTERN COLLIER COUNTY…
At 430 PM EDT, Automated tide gauges indicated a rapid rise in water
levels as the center of Hurricane Irma was near Naples. Flash
flooding from life-threatening storm surge is expected to begin
shortly or is already occurring along coastal Collier County.
This is a FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY for Collier County. This is a
PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. EVACUATE VERTICALLY NOW!
Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Naples, Marco Island, Chokoloskee, and Everglades City.
This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do
not attempt to travel! Evacuate vertically by going to higher levels
of your structure.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
- If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
- If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.
- More on what to do during a flood.
This warning signifies a short duration of intense flooding of counties, communities, streams, or urban areas with high peak rate of flow. Flash floods may result from such things as torrential downpours, dam breaks, or ice jam breaks. They are issued by the local National Weather Service Office for 4 hours or less. Since flash flooding can occur in severe thunderstorms, this type of warning can be combined with either a Tornado Warning or a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.
The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a
* Tornado Warning for…
Central St. Lucie County in east central Florida…
Northeastern Martin County in east central Florida…
* Until 515 PM EDT
* At 427 PM EDT, a two thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado
was located over Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, and just
east of Sewall`s Point…moving northwest at 60 mph.
SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.
* This dangerous storm will be near…
White City and Indian River Estates around 430 PM EDT.
Fort Pierce, Indrio and Saint Lucie Airport around 440 PM EDT.
Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Fort
Pierce Ocean Park.
TAKE COVER NOW! Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile
home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and
protect yourself from flying debris.
Tracking Hurricane Irma 9/10 2PM