Notice from the National Weather Service and Alachua County Emergency Management

 

Alachua County Emergency Management is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Andrea. Impacts to our area may include heavy rainfall, gusty winds, thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes. A Flood Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for our area until Friday morning.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a briefing on potential heavy rainfall and other impacts for our area which is summarized below:

Inland flooding: Widespread additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches possible through Friday. Some areas have already had 2 to 4 inches of rainfall Monday and Tuesday and additional heavy rainfall may cause some minor flooding problems.

River flooding: Some minor flooding is possible and interest should closely monitor river levels.

Isolated strong storms: strong wind gusts will be possible in wet down bursts, mainly during the afternoon and evening today, then Thursday through early Friday as the low pressure system approaches. Isolated tornadoes will be possible in rain bans on the east side of the low-pressure system with the greatest threat from Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.

Marine hazards: strong winds increase Thursday night into Friday would advisory conditions possible over the offshore waters due to winds nearing 20 knots and seas building up to 6 to 8 feet.

For the complete briefing go to:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/media/jax/vBriefing/Andrea_Web_Briefing_060611_7h/index.htm

While the forecast of the storm still has some uncertainty to it, Emergency Management encourages all citizens to monitor the storm throughout the weekend. If it does develop into Tropical Storm Andrea, updates will be available at our StormWatch page at:

stormwatch.alachuacounty.us.