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TROPICAL STORM HERMINE LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 21
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL AL092016
1157 AM EDT FRI SEP 2 2016

THIS PRODUCT COVERS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

**TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS CANCELLED AS HERMINE CONTINUES TO MOVE NORTHEAST AWAY FROM THE STATE**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - ALL WATCHES AND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - NONE

* STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 200 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF CEDAR KEY FL OR ABOUT 300 MILES NORTH OF MOUTH OF TAMPA BAY FL - 31.9N 82.0W - STORM INTENSITY 50 MPH - MOVEMENT NORTHEAST OR 40 DEGREES AT 18 MPH

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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HERMINE IS OVER SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AND MOVING TOWARD THE CAROLINAS. THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY IMPACTS EXPECTED FROM THIS STORM ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN: LITTLE TO NO ADDITIONAL IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

* SURGE: LITTLE TO NO ADDITIONAL IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

* WIND: LITTLE TO NO ADDITIONAL IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

* TORNADOES: LITTLE TO NO ADDITIONAL IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS: THE LEVY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS ISSUED A MANDATORY EVACUATION NOTICE TO CITIZENS THAT LIVE ALONG THE COAST OF LEVY COUNTY THAT ARE IN A STORM SURGE AREA WEST OF US HIGHWAY 19 FROM SUWANNEE RIVER DOWN TO YANKEETOWN. ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON THIS EVACUATION AND SHELTER INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.LEVYDISASTER.COM OR BY CALLING THE LEVY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AT 352-486-5576 OR 352-486-5155.

DO NOT RETURN TO EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL IT IS SAFE. LISTEN FOR THE ALL-CLEAR SIGNAL FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: ONCE CONDITIONS IMPROVE AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED, BE CAREFUL GOING OUTSIDE. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES AND HAZARDOUS DEBRIS.

IF YOUR HOME OR SHELTER WAS DAMAGED, BE ALERT TO THE SMELL OF NATURAL GAS LEAKS AND CAUTIOUS AROUND EXPOSED ELECTRICAL WIRING, BROKEN GLASS, JAGGED METAL AND WOOD, AND PROTRUDING NAILS AND SCREWS.

CHECK-IN WITH YOUR EMERGENCY POINTS OF CONTACT. LET THEM KNOW OF YOUR STATUS AND WELL-BEING. KEEP CONVERSATIONS SHORT AND TO THE POINT. DO NOT TIE UP COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND CHECK ON THOSE LIVING NEXT TO YOU. BE NEIGHBORLY AND LEND A HELPING HAND.

THOSE WHO RODE OUT THE STORM AWAY FROM THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS ARE LIKELY ANXIOUS TO RETURN. HOWEVER, ALLOW SOME TIME FOR WORK CREWS TO MAKE A CLEAR PATH FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES. DOWNED POWER LINES AND TREES MAY BE BLOCKING ROADS AND FLOOD WATERS MAY HAVE WASHED OUT OR OVERSPREAD SECTIONS OF KEY TRAVEL ROUTES. TRAFFIC LIGHTS MAY ALSO BE OUT OF SERVICE.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL LOCAL AUTHORITIES GIVE THE ALL-CLEAR SIGNAL.

DO NOT GO SIGHTSEEING WITHIN IMPACTED COMMUNITIES SIMPLY TO OBSERVE STORM DAMAGE. SIGHTSEERS CAN INTERFERE WITH THE TIMELINESS OF RESCUERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO NEEDLESSLY JEOPARDIZE LIVES.

DO NOT GO UP ON YOUR ROOF UNTIL THE RAIN AND STRONG WINDS HAVE SUBSIDED. LADDERS CAN BE SLIPPERY IN THE RAIN AND UNEXPECTED WIND GUSTS CAN BLOW YOU OFF OF THE ROOF. DO NOT RISK BODILY HARM IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE PROPERTY DAMAGE.

WHEN CLEARING OUT FALLEN TREES, BE CAREFUL WITH CHAIN SAWS AND AXES. ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR AND KEEP OTHERS AT A SAFE DISTANCE. USE THESE TOOLS ACCORDING TO OPERATING MANUALS AND SAFETY INSTRUCTION. LEANING TREES AND THOSE WHICH HAVE FALLEN ON ROOF TOPS CAN BE ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING. IF YOU ARE NOT IN GOOD HEALTH OR UNSURE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING, HAVE SOMEONE ELSE WITH TREE CUTTING EXPERIENCE DO THE JOB. NEVER CUT TREES WITHOUT A PARTNER.

IF USING A GENERATOR, AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING BY FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS BY THE MANUFACTURER. MAKE SURE THAT THE GENERATOR IS RUN IN A WELL VENTILATED SPACE.

PROBLEMS WITH SEWER BACKUPS CAN FURTHER CONTAMINATE STANDING FLOOD WATERS. KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. ALSO, LISTEN FOR BOIL WATER ALERTS RELATIVE TO COMMUNITIES WHOSE TAP WATER MAY HAVE BECOME NON-POTABLE.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV - FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG - FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG

NEXT UPDATE
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AS IT PERTAINS TO THIS EVENT...THIS WILL BE THE LAST LOCAL STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF TROPICAL CYCLONE HAZARDS UPON THE AREA.

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