*UPDATE: Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency as the latest Dorian track covers the entire east coast of Florida.
A message from Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety:
There are no advisories for Florida at this time, but we wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone to make sure their emergency plans are up-to-date.
✔️ Be sure to plan for locations away from home.
✔️Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
✔️ Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water.
✔️ Build an emergency supply kit
✅ A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
For more information on emergency plans and supply kits please visit the official website for the Department of Homeland Security https://www.ready.gov/.
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A message from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center:
..HURRICANE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE IN PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS…
…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED IN THE WINDWARD ISLANDS LATER TODAY…
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for St. Lucia. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica, Grenada and its dependencies, Saba and St. Eustatius. Interests in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola should monitor the progress of Dorian as watches for these areas later could be required later today.
Tropical Storm Dorian Approaches Florida with Potential for Landfall
Tropical Storm Dorian is centered as of 11 a.m. AST/EDT about 135 miles (220 km) east-southeast of Barbados. It’s moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to be near the Windward Islands late today and tonight, and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Dorian is expected to pass near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and approach eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Dorian is a small tropical cyclone. Tropical-storm-force winds only extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it passes through the northern Windward Islands on Tuesday, and is expected to be a hurricane when it moves near Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.
Tropical storm conditions are likely in the warning area by late today. Hurricane conditions are possible tonight and early Tuesday within the Hurricane Watch area in the Lesser Antilles. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area by tonight or Tuesday.
Dorian is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 8 inches in the Windward Islands from Martinique south to St. Vincent, including Barbados. Isolated maximum totals of 10 inches are possible across the northern Windward Islands. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected from the Grenadines, south to Grenada and across Dominica.
The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 5 p.m. AST/EDT on August 26, 2019 – www.hurricanes.gov