Michael Faulkner, Director
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The following information is for your use, in preparing for a disaster, during a disaster, and after a disaster. Should a disaster strike Okeechobee County we must be prepared for events caused by nature and/or humans. The warning to us may be days as with a hurricane or with no warning at all as with an industrial accident which would require an immediate evacuation of a particular area within the county, or the whole county.

Emergency information will be broadcast on local radio and television stations. The radio stations are WOKC-AM, and WWFR-FM in Okeechobee, WQCS-FM in Fort Pierce, and WAFC-FM in Clewiston. The television stations are Channels 5 and 25 from West Palm Beach, and the local cable station.

Any organization which would like to have a presentation by the Okeechobee County Emergency Management Office concerning hurricanes, tornados, flooding, terrorism, hazardous materials or Disaster Preparedness in general should call Michael Faulkner at (863) 763-3212.



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TROPICAL UPDATE   (08/28/08)

Tropical Storm Gustav Moving Towards Jamaica...Gustav Forecast to Strengthen in the Northwestern Caribbean Sea Later this Week...Tropical Depression Eight Forms near the Leeward Islands...River Flooding Continues in Several Locations...High Heat Index Values Possible Today...

Updated 8:00 AM EDT Thursday

Tropical Storm Gustav is strengthening again over the northern Caribbean Sea. At 7:30 am, Gustav was located about 80 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica and was moving west-southwest around 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70mph and Gustav could become a hurricane later today. Tropical Storm Gustav is expected to move westward near the southern coast of Jamaica today and then near the Cayman Islands Friday before entering the southern Gulf of Mexico over the weekend. Gustav could become a Category 3 major hurricane by Sunday. It is too soon to determine potential impacts to Florida, but this system will need to be monitored over the Labor Day weekend as the western Panhandle currently lies in the 5 day error cone.

Early this morning, the tropical wave northeast of the Leeward Islands was classified as Tropical Depression Eight. At 5am, T.D. #8 was moving west-northwest near 5 mph with maximum sustained winds near 35 mph. A northwest motion is expected to occur today through Saturday before a more westward turn is expected by early next week. T.D. #8 has the potential to become Tropical Storm Hannah today and could even become a hurricane in the next few days.

High pressure across the state will lead to another day of decreased storm coverage. However, enough lingering moisture near the surface will allow for the development of isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms statewide along local sea breeze boundaries. The best chance for storms will be away from the coast, mainly over interior areas. Most storm activity is expected to decrease around sunset, though a few lingering showers are possible over eastern areas through mid to late evening.

Some strong storms are possible today, but severe weather is not anticipated. Given slow storm motion with weak steering winds, any storm today could produce heavy rain that may lead to an increased risk for flooding of localized areas due to recently saturated grounds. Frequent lightning strikes and brief gusty winds will also be possible in thunderstorms.

Record river flooding will continue along the upper St. Johns River near Lake Harney. Moderate flooding has begun downstream near Sanford and moderate flooding could occur at DeLand by this afternoon. The Santa Fe River has risen above flood stage at Fort White and will reach moderate flood status on Friday. The St. Marks River has crested and is expected to fall back to a moderate flood by Friday. The Ochlockonee River near Havana has fallen back to moderate flood status and the Ochlockonee River downstream near Bloxham is forecast to fall below flood stage Thursday afternoon. The St. Mary’s River at Macclenny has also fallen to a moderate flood stage and is expected to keep falling to near flood stage through the weekend. For the latest river flood information, please visit the Southeast River Forecast Center.

Daytime high temperatures are expected to again reach into the low and mid 90s statewide with heat index values in the upper 90s to low 100s possible across many areas this afternoon. Do not leave children or pets in vehicles. Temperatures can quickly rise above 130 degrees, increasing the chance for heat stroke or death.

East winds and moderate ocean swells will result in a moderate risk for rip currents along all Atlantic Coast beaches today. Please click here for your beach destination forecast.

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Okeechobee Emergency Management offers our condolences and deepest gratitude to the family of Gene O'Neill upon his passing at the age of 65, on 21 August, 2008.



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