Gov. Scott Declares State Of Emergency for SWFL
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Governor’s office and FHP
Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 31 counties, including Lee, Collier, and Charlotte, in response to Tropical Storm Emily. A state of emergency gives the state the flexibility to work with local governments to ensure they have all the resources they may need.
Damage so far: Tropical Storm Emily’s winds rip off one of the roofs at The Outrigger Beach Resort.
TS Emily closes Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Downed trees, power lines and flooding throughout SWFL.
So far little or no impact on RSW airport schedule.
Tropical Storm Emily Advisory Number 3 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062017 1100 AM EDT Mon Jul 31 2017 ...EMILY APPROACHING THE MOUTH OF TAMPA BAY... ...HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED OVER THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA PENINSULA... SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION ----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...27.6N 82.8W ABOUT 35 MI...55 KM SW OF TAMPA FLORIDA ABOUT 30 MI...45 KM NW OF SARASOTA FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...E OR 90 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Anclote River to Bonita Beach Florida A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely within the warning area, in this case within the next few hours. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Emily was located near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 82.8 West. Emily is moving toward the east near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed are expected by tonight and Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Emily is expected to move inland over the the west-central Florida peninsula this afternoon, and move across central Florida through tonight. Emily is forecast to move offshore of the east-central Florida coast Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs this afternoon. Emily is expected to weaken to a tropical depression while it moves across the Florida peninsula later today and tonight. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- RAINFALL: Emily is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches through Monday night along the west coast of central Florida between the Tampa Bay area and Naples, with isolated amounts up to 8 inches possible. Elsewhere across central and south Florida, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected with localized amounts of up to 4 inches possible. Reports from amateur radio operators indicate that street and road flooding has already been occurring in Manatee and Sarasota Counties near the Myakka River. WIND: Tropical storm conditions are likely within the warning area through this afternoon. TORNADOES: A brief tornado could occur across the central and southern Florida Peninsula today, with isolated waterspouts possible over the coastal waters of southwestern Florida.