Tropical Storm [NOT URGENT at this time]

We are getting reports that the Waycross area could be slightly effected late Tuesday through Thursday this week, (July 1 – 3). At this time there should be no real issues with 30 – 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms.

Here is what NOAA have to say:

Synopsis & Forecast Confidence:
An area of low pressure was about 200 miles ESE of St. Augustine early this morning. Conditions are still favorable for this low to develop into a tropical system (likely a tropical depression) over the next next several days as remains east of the Florida Atlantic Coast, and then tracks northward track toward the Carolinas after mid-week. Forecast models have come into some agreement with this low through early Tuesday, then, however, continue to diverge with the strength and track of the low as it begins a northward trek late Tuesday through Wednesday. This is the time period when the system will near the local coastline.

Impacts & Timing:
Based on the latest forecast, the greatest impact from this system will likely be over the adjacent Atlantic waters and along the immediate coastline Tuesday and Wednesday, with conditions improving Thursday as the low tracks farther NNE away from the region.

Marine Impacts:
NNE winds will increase into the 15-20 kt with combined seas of 3-5 ft expected to build to 4-6 ft offshore today as swells increase. As the low drifts farther south of the waters Mon & Tue, wind speeds may decrease into the 10-15 kt range then increase again Tue night-Wed as the low begins lift northward along the Florida Atlantic coast. At this time, winds 20 kts or less are forecast through the upcoming week with seas 6 ft or less. These magnitudes could change if the storm track shifts and/or the storm strengthens. Mariners are encouraged to continue to closely monitor this system.

Coastal Impacts:
As onshore flow increases today through midweek and swells build, the chance of dangerous rip currents along the coast will also increase. Today there is a moderate risk of rip currents, with at least a moderate risk of rip currents expected to continue through midweek.

Thunderstorm/Rainfall Outlook:
Coast: Below normal rain chances in the 20% or less range today. As the storm develops tonight into Tuesday, onshore winds will bring a low 20-30% chance of showers with the best chances south of St. Augustine through midday Tuesday. Rain chances increase late Tue night through Wed into the 50-60% range as the storm drifts northward, likely paralleling the Florida Atlantic coast with squalls brushing the coastline and making some inland penetration. Squalls are the outer rain bands of the storm, and brief locally heavy rainfall as well as gusty winds of 25-40 mph will be possible in the rain bands as well as isolated thunderstorms.

Inland (generally west of the Interstate 95 corridor): Below normal rain chances in the 20-30% range are expected during the afternoon and evenings, except for a corridor of higher rain chances in the 30-40% during the late afternoon and early evening near the I-75 corridor today and again Tuesday since the area will be on the drier, west side of this low pressure system. Therefore, rainfall is not a major concern at this time. Wednesday, moisture is expected to increase as the low begins to track northward, possibly paralleling the local coastline, and rain chances increase into the 30% range for SE Georgia and 40% for inland NE Florida.

Once again, this forecast is highly dependent on the eventual track and strength of this developing area of low pressure.

06-30-14
09:30 hrs

Beat the Heat with Tips from Ware County EMA and Ready Georgia

Summer in Georgia is a time for camping trips, cookouts and afternoons by the pool. However, it’s also a time to be aware of the dangers soaring temperatures can bring. Extreme heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S, claiming more than 650 lives across the nation each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges Ware County residents to take steps now to beat the heat.

“People most at risk for heat-related illness are seniors, infants and people with circulation problems, but staying indoors and drinking plenty of water will help you stay cool and hydrated when temperatures rise,” says Jonathan Daniell, Ware County EMA Director.

Ware County and Ready Georgia give these 10 tips to ensure a safe summer for every family:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Fluids are lost through perspiration, so it’s important to stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even when you’re not thirsty.
  • Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Drink two to four cups of water every hour when you are working outside.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, fatigue, muscle cramps, confusion, cold, pale and clammy skin, a weak rapid pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature reaches 106° F. or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Summon immediate emergency medical assistance.
  • Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and windowsills to keep the cool air inside.
  • Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio or download the Ready Georgia app for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

To help Georgians prepare, Ready Georgia, a statewide emergency preparedness campaign created by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, offers the tools needed to make an emergency supply kit, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats. Visitors to Ready Georgia’s website can create an online profile to receive a tailored plan for the entire family that includes the specific amount of supplies to put in their household Ready kits. In addition, the newly upgraded free Ready Georgia mobile app provides weather alerts, traffic updates and preparedness information for people on the go.

For more information, contact Ware County EMA at 912.287.4394 or visit www.ready.ga.gov. or, warecitizencorps.com

06-26-14
11:30 hrs