Emergency Preparedness

TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE PREPARATION

Hurricane season begins June 1st of each year and ends November 30th. Florida can be threatened any time during this season.  This information will help you prepare for a hurricane. Please take the time to read this information carefully.

The following are some useful definitions:

• TROPICAL DEPRESSION has winds of less than 39 miles per hour or 34 knots.
• TROPICAL STORM has winds from 39 to 73 miles per hour or 34 to 63 knots.
• TROPICAL STORM “WARNING” once issued, can develop into a hurricane. 
• HURRICANE “WATCH” - a hurricane may threaten the area within 24-36 hours.
• HURRICANE “WARNING” - a hurricane is expected to strike the area within 24 hours or less.
• HURRICANE has winds of greater than 74 miles per hour or 64 knots.
            Category 1 74-95 MPH Minimal
            Category 2 95-110 MPH Moderate
            Category 3 111-130 Major
            Category 4 131-155 Extensive
            Category 5 156 MPH + Catastrophic

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BE READY IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER?

Before the Storm
Preparing in advance for hurricane season can determine not only how safely and comfortably you ride out the storm, but also how easily it is to handle the days and weeks after the storm has passed.  Take a look at the information collected below to learn how you can prepare in the days and weeks before a hurricane.

Plan your stay or evacuation:
Stay Home
: However, before you choose this option, make sure you know your elevation. If we experience a storm that may put a significant storm surge in your home, you need to look at the other options. Also, people in manufactured and mobile homes cannot use this option. Mobile homes and manufactured homes are not built to withstand the high winds associated with tropical storms and hurricanes.

Stay With a Friend or Relative Who has a Safe Place: If this is your plan, make arrangements in advance. You need to make sure that where you are going is safe. It defeats the purpose of evacuating if you go to an unsafe place.

Relocate Out of the Area: You may wish to travel out of harm’s way. Be sure to bring a road map and make sure that your car is full of fuel. Stay away from major bodies of water. Make arrangements in advance if you can. If you decide to use this option, go early, traffic will be heavy if you leave at the last minute, and you may not make it to your destination.

Emergency Public Shelters: For more information on Emergency Shelters and a list of available Public Shelters please visit a county Public Library or Publix Super Market near you.

Have a 72-Hour Survival Kit
You should plan to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (3 days) during and after a disaster. You should anticipate no water, electrical power, or utilities for that period of time. To ensure the comfort of your family, whether at home or evacuated to another location please download and print the Hurricane Survival Kit (PDF).

NHC Status Updates

Tropical Weather Outlook

Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:30:49 GMT


454
ABNT20 KNHC 292330
TWOAT

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on
Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta, located over the western Atlantic
Ocean off of the coast of the Mid-Atlantic states.

A large area of disturbed weather in the vicinity of the Lesser
Antilles is associated with a tropical wave. Upper-level winds are
expected to become more conducive for development of this
disturbance during the next few days, and a tropical depression is
likely to form by the time the system reaches the western Caribbean
Sea early next week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

$$
Forecaster Beven

Local Statement for Raleigh, NC

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:47:53 GMT

Issued at 447 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Graphics

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:45:41 GMT

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:45:41 GMT

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Thu, 29 Oct 2020 21:24:58 GMT

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Forecast Discussion Number 21

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:37:21 GMT

Issued at 500 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020


000
WTNT43 KNHC 292037
TCDAT3
 
Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Discussion Number  21
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL282020
500 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020
 
Zeta lost tropical characteristics and was declared post-tropical a
few hours ago.  The surface pressure field has become elongated
with the center now embedded within a frontal zone over the
Mid-Atlantic states.  The maximum sustained winds are still
estimated to be 45 kt, based on an observation received from
northeastern North Carolina a few hours ago, and winds have been
increasing at marine sites located just off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
 
Zeta is zooming toward the east-northeast (060/48 kt), and its
center is just about to move off the Delmarva Peninsula over the
western Atlantic waters.  This motion should continue for the next
day or so since Zeta is embedded within fast westerly flow ahead of
a strong mid-level trough.
 
Some baroclinic re-intensification is expected over the next day or
so while Zeta moves farther out over the western Atlantic, and the
12-hour forecast intensity is based on the GFS and ECMWF global
models.  Zeta's center is expected to dissipate within the frontal
zone by 24 hours, with another strong low pressure area likely to
develop and move toward the north Atlantic over the next several
days.  The forecast wind radii are based on guidance from the
Ocean Prediction Center.
 
This is the last advisory issued on Zeta.  Additional information
on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the
National Weather Service, under AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header
FZNT01 KWBC, and online at ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php
 
 
KEY MESSAGES:
 
1.  Strong wind gusts are still possible over portions of extreme
eastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, and the southern
Delmarva Peninsula during the next couple of hours.
 
2.  Through this evening, the last of the heavy rainfall along the 
track of Zeta is expected over the Mid-Atlantic. This rainfall may 
lead to flash, urban, small stream, and isolated minor river 
flooding. 
 
 
FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INIT  29/2100Z 38.8N  75.3W   45 KT  50 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 12H  30/0600Z 41.0N  66.1W   50 KT  60 MPH...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
 24H  30/1800Z...DISSIPATED
 
$$
Forecaster Berg
 

Summary for Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta (AT3/AL282020)

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:36:48 GMT

...ZETA ZOOMING OFFSHORE THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST TOWARD THE WESTERN ATLANTIC... ...THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY... As of 5:00 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 the center of Zeta was located near 38.8, -75.3 with movement ENE at 55 mph. The minimum central pressure was 992 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph.

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Public Advisory Number 21

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:36:48 GMT

Issued at 500 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020


000
WTNT33 KNHC 292036
TCPAT3
 
BULLETIN
Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Advisory Number  21
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL282020
500 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020
 
...ZETA ZOOMING OFFSHORE THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST TOWARD THE WESTERN 
ATLANTIC...
...THIS IS THE LAST ADVISORY...
 
 
SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...38.8N 75.3W
ABOUT 25 MI...35 KM WSW OF CAPE MAY NEW JERSEY
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...ENE OR 60 DEGREES AT 55 MPH...89 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.30 INCHES
 
 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
 
 
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta
was located near latitude 38.8 North, longitude 75.3 West.  Zeta is 
moving toward the east-northeast near 55 mph (89 km/h), and this 
general motion is expected to continue through tonight.  On the 
forecast track, the center of Zeta will emerge over the western 
Atlantic this evening.
 
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast tonight, but the cyclone should 
become absorbed by a frontal system on Friday.
 
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles (500 km)
mainly to the southeast of the center.  A sustained wind of 39 mph 
(63 km/h) and a gust to 46 mph (74 km/h) were recently reported at 
Ocean City, Maryland.
 
The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.30 inches).
 
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
Key messages for Zeta can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT3, WMO header WTNT43 KNHC, and
on the web at www.hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT3.shtml.
 
WIND:  A few strong gusts are still possible across portions of
extreme eastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia, and the
southern Delmarva Peninsula during the next couple of hours.
 
RAINFALL:  The last of the heavy rainfall along the track of Zeta 
will impact the Mid-Atlantic through this evening.  Additional 
rainfall totals of an inch or less are expected across these areas, 
possibly resulting in flash, urban, small stream, and isolated minor 
river flooding.
 
 
NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
This is the last public advisory issued by the National Hurricane
Center on this system.  Additional information on this system can be 
found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather 
Service, under AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and 
online at ocean.weather.gov/shtml/NFDHSFAT1.php
 
$$
Forecaster Berg
 

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Wind Speed Probabilities Number 21

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:36:48 GMT

Issued at 2100 UTC THU OCT 29 2020


000
FONT13 KNHC 292036
PWSAT3
                                                                    
POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ZETA WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER  21      
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL282020               
2100 UTC THU OCT 29 2020                                            
                                                                    
AT 2100Z THE CENTER OF POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ZETA WAS LOCATED NEAR  
LATITUDE 38.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 75.3 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED    
WINDS NEAR 45 KTS...50 MPH...85 KM/H.                               
                                                                    
Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH)                  
   ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
   EASTERN  DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
   CENTRAL  DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)...SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
                                                                    
WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS                 
                                                                    
CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST     
   ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)...                                  
   ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)...                                  
   ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)...                                  
FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS               
                                                                    
PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE               
    OP  IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING            
        AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY)               
   (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN           
        18Z THU AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY)      
                                                                    
PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT                                  
X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT                       
PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN
THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT.             
PROBABILITIES FOR 34...50...64 KT SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY              
64-KT CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT.                 
                                                                    
                                                                    
  - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - -   
                                                                    
               FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM 
  TIME       18Z THU 06Z FRI 18Z FRI 06Z SAT 18Z SAT 18Z SUN 18Z MON
PERIODS         TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO  
             06Z FRI 18Z FRI 06Z SAT 18Z SAT 18Z SUN 18Z MON 18Z TUE
                                                                    
FORECAST HOUR    (12)   (24)    (36)    (48)    (72)    (96)   (120)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
LOCATION       KT                                                   
                                                                    
DOVER DE       34 14   X(14)   X(14)   X(14)   X(14)   X(14)   X(14)
 
CAPE HENLOPEN  34  7   X( 7)   X( 7)   X( 7)   X( 7)   X( 7)   X( 7)
 
OCEAN CITY MD  34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
PAX RIVER NAS  34 51   X(51)   X(51)   X(51)   X(51)   X(51)   X(51)
 
WALLOPS CDA    34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
RICHMOND VA    34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
NORFOLK NAS    34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
NORFOLK VA     34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
OCEANA NAS VA  34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
ELIZABETH CTY  34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
ROCKY MT NC    34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
CAPE HATTERAS  34 99   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)   X(99)
 
$$                                                                  
FORECASTER BERG                                                     

Post-Tropical Cyclone Zeta Forecast Advisory Number 21

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:36:20 GMT

Issued at 2100 UTC THU OCT 29 2020


000
WTNT23 KNHC 292036
TCMAT3
 
POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ZETA FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER  21
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL282020
2100 UTC THU OCT 29 2020
 
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.
 
POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 38.8N  75.3W AT 29/2100Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  50 NM
 
PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE EAST-NORTHEAST OR  60 DEGREES AT  48 KT
 
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE  992 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  45 KT WITH GUSTS TO  55 KT.
34 KT....... 60NE 270SE   0SW   0NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT.  RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.
 
REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 38.8N  75.3W AT 29/2100Z
AT 29/1800Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 37.8N  78.2W
 
FORECAST VALID 30/0600Z 41.0N  66.1W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND  50 KT...GUSTS  60 KT.
50 KT...  0NE  90SE 120SW   0NW.
34 KT...120NE 240SE 360SW 180NW.
 
FORECAST VALID 30/1800Z...DISSIPATED
 
REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 38.8N  75.3W
 
THIS IS THE LAST FORECAST/ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE 
CENTER ON THIS SYSTEM.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE 
FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE...UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC.

 
$$
FORECASTER BERG
 
 

Local Statement for Blacksburg, VA

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:35:50 GMT

Issued at 335 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020

Local Statement for Knoxville, TN

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:04:12 GMT

Issued at 303 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020

Local Statement for Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:44:36 GMT

Issued at 244 PM EDT Thu Oct 29 2020