From the Unified Command Post at the St Johns County Emergency Operations Center, Historic City News is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur and will provide further updates as deemed necessary.
Now would be a good time for all citizens to review their emergency plan and supplies, as well as determine their Evacuation Zone by going to our website www.sjcemergencymanagement.com and clicking on the My Evacuation Zone link.
Please take this time to make sure that your NOAA weather radio is operational. The programming numbers for the NOAA weather radios are as follows:
• Northern St. Johns County – Jacksonville Transmitter – 162.550
• Southern St. Johns County – Palatka Transmitter – 162.425
• S.A.M.E number for specific County programming 012109
CURRENT EVENT STATUS
• Tropical Storm Arthur is approximately 80 miles ESE of Cape Canaveral moving northwest at 5 mph.
• Based on the latest forecast, the greatest impact from this system will likely be over the adjacent Atlantic waters out 20 to 60 nautical miles Wednesday and Wednesday night
• Conditions improving Thursday as the tropical storm tracks away from the area.
• A tropical storm warning was issued this afternoon for the offshore Atlantic coastal waters (20-60 NM east of the Altamaha River southward to 20-60 NM east of Flagler Beach)
• The center of TS Arthur is expected to remain offshore and is forecast to pass 80 to 120 miles offshore of northeastern Florida on Wednesday and Wednesday night.
• Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.
• Winds will generally be between 10 – 20 mph during the entire event, the exception will be for occasional squalls with the outer rain bands furnishing wind gusts to 30 mph along the immediate beaches and Intracoastal Waterway.
• Rainfall potential is around 1 inch.
• As onshore winds increase and swells build, the chance of dangerous rip currents along the coast will also increase.
• Today there is a moderate risk of rip currents and Marine Rescue will be flying red flags until conditions improve.
• St. Johns County is not currently under any watches or warnings.
• Tonight’s Weather: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
• Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Northeast wind 10 to 14 mph.