Monday, November 9, 2009

The Latest on Hurricane Ida

MESSAGE OF THE DAY: Florida Gulf Coast residents and visitors need to closely follow the progress of Hurricane Ida. Residents in Watch and Warning areas should complete their disaster plans and heed any evacuation orders from local officials.

At 7 a.m. today, Hurricane Ida was located 330 miles south - southwest of Pensacola, Florida. Maximum winds were near 80 mph. Ida is moving toward the north-northwest at 16 mph. Ida is expected to approach the northern Gulf Coast on Monday night.

A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for the Florida coast west of Indian Pass, with a Tropical Storm Warning in effect eastward to the Aucilla River.

Lake Wind and Wind Advisories are in effect for much of the Florida Peninsula today for expected sustained winds of 25-30 mph and gusts to 40 mph. This may continue into Tuesday, however, these strong winds are not directly associated with Ida's wind field.

A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for the Panhandle coast west of Wakulla County.

An elevated rip current threat will continue along all Florida beaches through Tuesday.

Florida Gulf Coast residents and visitors in the Watch and Warning areas need to closely follow Hurricane Ida, implement their disaster plans and heed any evacuation orders.

Please remember to plan for your pets and check on your neighbors and the elderly.

Mariners need to secure their vessels and remain in safe harbor as directed by Coast Guard officials.

It is the responsibility of all Floridians to take the necessary steps to prepare themselves and their family. Once you are prepared, check on a neighbor and encourage them to do the same. To Get A Plan! go to today.

Current Threats
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all areas of northwest Florida.

There is a high risk of rip currents today along Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic Coast.

The main threat from Ida is high winds, storm surge, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated maximum amounts up to 8 inches are possible.

State Actions
The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee activated on Monday to a Level 1, or full activation to monitor Ida and assist impacted counties.

The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) will activate today at 9 a.m. The number is 800-342-3557.

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