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Tropical Storm Elsa update (6 a.m. Wednesday, July 7)

TROPICAL STORM ELSA UPDATE

6 a.m. Wednesday, July 7

 

Key points from the National Weather Service  (6 a.m. Wednesday)

  • Tropical Storm Warning in effect for portions of NE FL, SE GA and SE GA waters
  • Wind Advisory in effect for St. Johns River Basin and NE FL coast 
    1. Locally higher winds over the St. Johns River and along the coast
  • Flood Watch in effect for NE FL and SE GA 
    1. Widespread moderate flooding potential and heavy rainfall
  • Tornadoes possible 
    1. Isolated tornadoes possible across the area into this evening
  • Small Craft Advisory over the NE FL waters
  • Coastal Hazards: High Risk of Rip Currents, Rough/High Surf
  • Monitor official forecast from the National Hurricane Center & your local NWS Office (be cautious of social media!)

More Resources:

Atlantic Beach prepping for Tropical Storm Elsa

 

The City of Atlantic Beach is taking steps to prepare for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa as the storm continues to move north. Also, we are in continuous dialogue with Duval County emergency preparedness officials and our Beaches partner cities. Further updates will be provided, as necessary. 

 

Please know that every decision will be made with safety as Priority No. 1 and protecting property as Priority No. 2. Please review your hurricane plan with your family. For information on hurricane preparedness and to get the City of Atlantic Beach’s latest updates, visit www.jaxready.com, www.hurricanes.gov/prepare and www.coab.us/elsa..


The Duval County weather forecast anticipates most impacts from Elsa will result from the bands of thunderstorms circulating to the east and northeast of the system. The most likely time to realize tropical storm force winds in Duval County will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday. A Flood Watch is in effect for coastal Duval County, south-central Duval County and western Duval County.  Impacts from Elsa are expected to include: 


  • Wind. Currently a chance for tropical storm force winds between 39-57 mph. These wind speeds are more likely to be realized along open fields, oceanfront areas, the St Johns Riverfront, and along the Intracoastal Waterway. Higher wind speeds are more likely within Western Duval County.  
  • Storm surge: Surge of 1 foot above-ground level remains possible for low lying areas, coastal areas, and along the St Johns River, similar to a moderate “northeaster.”
  • Flooding rainfall. Flooding rainfall continues. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible, with locally higher amounts up to 6 inches. Heavy rainfall and saturated grounds will enhance the potential for flash and urban flooding. Driving conditions could become hazardous with heavy rainfall and flooded roads.

City services impacted

 

  • Garbage collection. There will be no garbage collection in Atlantic Beach on Wednesday, July 7. Wednesday’s route is postponed until Thursday, Thursday’s route is postponed until Friday, and Friday’s route is postponed until Saturday.  Please remove all trash bins, recycling bins and yard debris from the curb.      
  • Summer camp will not be held Wednesday
  • Closures. Dutton Island and Tide Views preserves will be closed Wednesday.

 

Recommended Actions

 

Emergency plans should be finalized. Emergency supply kits should be fully stocked. Continue to monitor official forecast sources. Clear debris from gutters and storm drains. Secure any loose, lightweight outdoor items. Prepare for flooding rainfall.

 

Public safety

 

The Atlantic Beach Police Department Incident Management Team (IMT) is coordinating the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division to carry out the Community Safety and Storm Response plan. The IMT is attending all National Weather Service briefings and providing information to the City of Atlantic Beach public information officer. Additionally, Atlantic Beach police officers are standing by on-call, ready to respond, if needed.

 

Storm drains and retention ponds

 

Atlantic Beach public works crews are clearing storm drains; pumping down public retention ponds (i.e. Aquatic Gardens); cleaning and mowing ditch lines; and otherwise taking action to protect against flooding and wind damage. As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the City had pumped 1.53 million gallons of water from the Aquatic Gardens pond to make room for flood water.

 

Additional public works measures

 

Chain saws have been serviced and blades have been sharpened in preparation for tree removal. Work crews are standing by on-call, ready to respond, if needed.

 

Dangerous surf conditions

 

Lifeguards remain on duty during normal operational hours with limited personnel. Please be aware of water and weather conditions. Ocean conditions are already worsening. If you are in the water, please stay within 500 feet of a lifeguard chair.

 

Stay informed

 

The City of Atlantic Beach’s updates about Elsa are being made via:

All updates will be posted on the City of Atlantic Beach Facebook Page and website before being posted/broadcast on other platforms.

 

Non-emergency Tropical Storm Elsa hotline



Call (904) 247-5804 (please leave a message if the phone is not answered) or email info@coab.us. People with public safety and medical emergencies should dial 911. 

 

Additional information pertaining to preparing for Tropical Storm Elsa: 

  • Dangerous debris. When high winds are forecast, please secure all potentially dangerous debris. Also, be aware that falling limbs can cause severe injury or death. 
  • Steer clear of flooded roads. There is potential for Elsa to produce significant rainfall in Northeast Florida. Never drive on flooded roads; almost half of flood deaths happen in vehicles. If you encounter high water on a roadway, “turn around, don’t drown.” If you must drive during heavy rain … take your time, turn your lights on, and give other vehicles more space. 
  • Avoid walking through deep or rushing water. You can’t see where the solid ground is or isn’t under your feet, and running water can be very powerful especially if you lose your footing. If you need assistance crossing deep or moving water call the ABPD non-emergency number 247-5859 -- or 911 if it’s an emergency. Water conducts electricity, don’t go out to sightsee; downed power lines are particularly perilous. 
  • Protect your home. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property. 
  • People who are at-risk. Please make sure you are registered for a Special Medical Needs Shelter. Registration is required annually. Visit www.jaxready.com/Preparedness/Special-Medical-Needs-Registration.aspx
  • Sandbags. The City of Atlantic Beach does not anticipate providing sandbags to residents. 
  • JEA outage alerts. Sign up at www.jea.com/alerts.
  • All for one and one for all. As you prepare your home and family for the storm, please check on any elderly neighbors or others that may need help. We encourage everyone to look out for those around you, and if you have extra time or resources, please help those that may need it. If you are aware of an at-risk neighbor in Atlantic Beach who may need assistance, please contact Deputy City Manager Kevin Hogencamp at khogencamp@coab.us or (904) 247-5804. At-risk includes elderly, homebound and those otherwise unable to evacuate. 

 

  • Additional resources: 
  1. Need to make a written emergency plan? Visit floridadisaster.org/planprepare
  2. National Weather Service Jacksonville website: https://www.weather.gov/jax/
  3. Helpful info on preparing for hurricanes and other emergencies: www.coab.us/578/Emergency-Preparedness
  4. National Hurricane Center website: www.nhc.noaa.gov/
  5. Monitor river levels: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=jax

 

Questions about the City of Atlantic Beach’s preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa may be directed to Deputy City Manager Kevin Hogencamp at khogencamp@coab.us or (904) 247-5804. 

 

 

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