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Coastal Flooding Expected in Wakulla County fromTropical Storm Claudette

Coastal Flooding Expected in Wakulla County fromTropical Storm Claudette

TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND ASSOCIATED STORM TIDES
CRAWFORDVILLE, FL, AUGUST 16, 2009:

Coastal Flooding Expected in Wakulla County fromTropical Storm Claudette The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Tropical Depression #4 (now Tropical Storm Claudette) for Wakulla County.  People with interests in areas prone to coastal flooding should monitor this system and take steps to protect property from floodwaters.  The Sheriff's Office, Division of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the potential impacts of this system.

See more information at the Weather Underground.
WTNT34 KNHC 161748
TCPAT4
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER   3NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL   AL042009200 PM EDT SUN AUG 16 2009

... AIRCRAFT RECONNAISSANCE FINDS CLAUDETTE STRONGER...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THE ALABAMA/FLORIDA BORDER EASTWARD TO THE SUWANNEE RIVER FLORIDA.  A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 24 HOURS.

{sidebar id=1}AT 200 PM EDT... 1800 UTC... THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 29.1 NORTH... LONGITUDE 85.1 WEST OR ABOUT 40 MILES...  65 KM... SOUTH OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA AND ABOUT 160 MILES... 255 KM... SOUTHEAST OF PENSACOLA FLORIDA.

CLAUDETTE IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH... 22 KM/HR.  THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY... AND ON THIS FORECAST TRACK... THE CENTER WILL BE NEAR THE NORTHERN GULF COAST OF FLORIDA THIS EVENING.

DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 50 MPH... 85KM/HR... WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE PRIOR TO LANDFALL.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES...110 KM FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON AIRCRAFT DATA IS 1008 MB... 29.77 INCHES.

RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES... WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE... THE BIG BEND REGION OF FLORIDA... SOUTHERN ALABAMA...AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA NEAR THE PATH OF THE CENTER.

STORM TIDE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE MAXIMUM WATER LEVELS OF 3 TO 5 FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL ALONG PORTIONS OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE... INCLUDING THE BIG BEND.

...SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT INFORMATION...

LOCATION... 29.1N 85.1W
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS... 50 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT... NORTHWEST OR 325 DEGREES AT 14 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE... 1008 MB

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 500 PM EDT.

Scott L. Nelson, FPEM
Wakulla County Emergency Management Director
Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
850-926-0861


This information originally published on August 16, 2009.

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