Hurricane Isaias Update July 31 3:00 p.m.

NEWS

This is an important message from ALERT Indian River

Hurricane Isaias is a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph and about 245 miles SE of Nassau, Bahamas. Hurricane Isaias is moving NW across the Bahamas today and tonight, then moving north very close to the Florida east coast over the weekend. The forecast brings Isaias just offshore east central Florida this weekend. Hurricane force winds are not expected in Indian River County. A Hurricane Watch has been issued along the east coast from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County line.A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of Ocean reef to Sebastian Inlet and for Lake Okeechobee.Indian River County is NOT planning to open any public shelters, or close bridges to the barrier island.Suggested Protective Actions:

  1. Hurricane season is from June 1 – November 30. Be prepared for the rest of the season.
  2. Heavy rainfall may impact roadways and a few roadways may become impassable. Use caution while driving.
  3. Keep your cell phones well charged.
  4. Closely monitor your NOAA Weather Radio.
  5. Visit www.irces.com to download the Official Disaster Guide for Indian River County.
  6. Bring light weight items (outdoor chairs, plants, garbage cans, etc.) indoors or secure so they don’t blow away.
  7. Have a flashlight and batteries ready in the event of a power outage.

Indian River County Possible Impacts:

  1. High threat for tropical wind gusts (35-50 mph, gusts 55-70 mph).
  2. Rain squalls with wind gusts of 35-65 mph Saturday into Sunday.
  3. Low to locally moderate threat for flooding rain (3″-5″).
  4. Dangerous rip currents.
  5. Rough surf and hazardous seas.
  6. Intracoastal waters very rough.
  7. Temporary loss of power.

Timing:

  • The forecast suggests that we can start seeing the arrival of sustained tropical storm force winds (35-50 mph, gusts 55-70 mph) early evening Saturday but squally weather with gusts will begin earlier.
  • The duration is estimated to last 8-12 hours.

Reporting Damage:

  • Flooded/impassable roads – call the non-emergency line of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office at 772-569-6700.
  • Flooding or damage to your home: contact your insurance company, send an email to esf5@ircgov.com (include your name, address, phone number and type of damage). This information will be reported to the National Weather Service ONLY.

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