IMPORTANT 2013 HURRICANE SEASON INFORMATION
Levy Co. Storm Surge
Tide Poles in
Cedar Key, Yankeetown & Inglis
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2013 Storm Names
Tropical Storm Andrea Advisory #5a
TROPICAL STORM ANDREA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 5A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012013
800 PM EDT THU JUN 06 2013
...ANDREA MOVING INLAND OVER NORTHERN FLORIDA...
...WIND AND RAIN SPREADING NORTHWARD WELL AHEAD OF THE CENTER...
SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 15 MI...20 KM NNE OF CROSS CITY FLORIDA
ABOUT 45 MI...70 KM W OF GAINESVILLE FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NE OR 40 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.29 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED WEST OF
STEINHATCHEE RIVER FLORIDA.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA FROM BOCA GRANDE TO STEINHATCHEE RIVER
* FLAGLER BEACH FLORIDA TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT VIRGINIA
* PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS
* LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF NEW POINT COMFORT
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 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 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ANDREA WAS
LOCATED INLAND OVER NORTH FLORIDA NEAR LATITUDE 29.8 NORTH...
LONGITUDE 83.0 WEST. ANDREA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 15
MPH...24 KM/H...AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH AN
INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED DURING THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF ANDREA WILL CONTINUE MOVING INLAND
OVER NORTH FLORIDA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA OVERNIGHT...AND THEN MOVE
NORTHEASTWARD NEAR THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES THROUGH
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 50 MPH...85 KM/H...
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT DAY OR SO...AND ANDREA SHOULD LOSE ITS TROPICAL
CHARACTERISTICS BY SATURDAY AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE EASTERN UNITED
TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES...220 KM
FROM THE CENTER. CEDAR KEY FLORIDA RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND GUST OF
43 MPH...69 KM/H. NOAA BUOY 41012 LOCATED 45 MILES EAST OF SAINT
AUGUSTINE FLORIDA RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND GUST OF 42 MPH...
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON SURFACE OBSERVATIONS
IS 992 MB...29.29 INCHES. CROSS CITY FLORIDA RECENTLY REPORTED A
PRESSURE OF 993.4 MB...29.33 IN.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL CAUSE
NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING WATERS.
THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND IF THE
PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE...
FLAGLER BEACH NORTH TO CAPE CHARLES LIGHT...1 TO 2 FT
WATERS LEVELS ARE FALLING ALONG THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA. HOWEVER
PERSISTENT ONSHORE FLOW COULD CAUSE MINOR COASTAL FLOODING DURING
THE NEXT HIGH TIDE OVERNIGHT.
THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST. SURGE-
RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND
THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
RAINFALL...ANDREA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
3 TO 6 INCHES OVER MUCH OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA...EASTERN PARTS OF
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE...SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA...AND EASTERN SOUTH
CAROLINA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 8 INCHES POSSIBLE.
TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE ALSO EXPECTED ALONG
THE EASTERN SEABOARD FROM EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH DOWNEAST
WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL GRADUALLY SPREAD NORTHEASTWARD
IN THE WARNING AREA ALONG THE U.S. EAST COAST DURING THE NEXT 24 TO
36 HOURS. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO SUBSIDE THIS
EVENING IN THE WARNING AREA ALONG THE WEST COAST OF THE FLORIDA
TORNADOES...A FEW TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT OVER THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA AND IN COASTAL PORTIONS OF GEORGIA...SOUTH CAROLINA...AND
NOAA WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING CODE
The NOAA Weather Radio Programming Code for LEVY County is: 012075
ATTENTION!! YOUR COMMUNITY MAY NEED YOU! VOLUNTEER NOW FOR THE NEW LEVY COUNTY MEDICAL RESERVE CORP!
Levy County is establishing a new Volunteer Medical Reserve Corp!|
The Medical Reserve Corp is a formal group of volunteers who are able and willing to assist in an emergency that could overwhelm our local medical capabilities.
This new program is in need of both medical and non-medical volunteers.
To learn more about the Levy MRC, go to:
If you are ready to volunteer, please call;
FRED EICHLER, MRC COORDINATOR at:
352-334-8821 OR E-mail Mr. Eichler at:
Levy County Emergency Management hopes this website provides the citizens of Levy County with the proper information that is needed to make informed decisions and preparations regarding your disaster preparedness plans for the Hurricane season.|
During a storm event, it is our goal to provide the latest emergency information available regarding protective action decisions and safety information.
Our normal office hours are Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm. If you have any questions or comments regarding disaster planning for yourself, your family, your home or business, please contact Levy County Emergency Management at 352-486-5213.
For non-emergency inquiries after normal business hours or on weekends, please call the Levy County Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111.
To report EMERGENCIES during after hours and weekends contact the Levy County Sheriff's Office emergency 911 phone number.
Also keep an eye on our Current Events section which will give you upcoming event and course locations.
Thank you and we hope you find our website useful.
Historic Storm Surge Reality
In late 2004, The Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council located in Ocala, Fl. serving Levy, Marion, Citrus, Sumter and Hernando Counties completed the WITHLACOOCHEE HURRICANE EVACUATION STUDY. This study was presented to Levy County Emergency Management during last years historic Hurricane season.
One section of the Levy County portion of the study produced a storm surge vulnerability assessment. The following pictures illustrate historical flood level data over the past 100 years for the municipalities of Inglis, Yankeetown, and Cedar Key, Fl. These high water levels are identical to the storm surge levels that destroyed the coastlines and backwater areas in Mississippi and Louisiana.
"Storm Surge" is a MAJOR INGREDIENT of a hurricane. What is a storm surge? Storm surge is water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level 15 feet or more. Additionally, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides and the “spring tides” found along the Levy County Coastline. Because much of the densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less that 10 feet above mean sea level, THE DANGER FROM STORM TIDES IS TREMENDOUS.
The level of surge in a particular area is also determined by the slope of the continental shelf. A shallow slope off the coast will allow a greater surge to inundate coastal communities. Levy County coastline has a very shallow slope leading out to the continental shelf. Communities with a steeper continental shelf will not see as much surge inundation, although large breaking waves can still present major problems. Storm tides, waves, and currents in confined harbors severely damage ships, marinas, and pleasure boats.
Levy County Storm Surge Boundaries by Storm Category
Tropical Storm - Dark Red
Category 1 - Red
Category 2 - Orange
Category 3 - Yellow
Category 4 - Green
Category 5 - Light Blue
Wave and current action associated with the tide also causes extensive damage. Water weighs approximately 1,700 pounds per cubic yard; extended pounding by frequent waves can demolish any structure not specifically designed to withstand these forces. The currents created by the tide combine with the action of the waves to severely erode beaches and coastal highways. Many buildings withstand hurricane force winds until their foundations, undermined by erosion, are weakened and fail. Storm surge also affects rivers and inland lakes, potentially increasing the area that must be evacuated.
The more intense the storm, and the closer a community is to the right-front quadrant, the larger the area that must be evacuated. The problem is always the uncertainty about how intense the storm will be when it finally makes landfall.
Emergency managers and local officials balance that uncertainty with the human and economic risks to their communities. This is why a rule of thumb for emergency managers is to plan for a storm one category higher than what is forecast. This is a reasonable precaution to help minimize the loss of life from hurricanes.
Having said this, Government can only do so much in helping a population to prepare for a Hurricane. Residents and business must take “ownership” for their own safety by preparing, planning and being ready to execute your emergency plans when the Emergency Management authorities issue protective action decisions.
For help and assistance in preparing your Disaster Evacuation Plans contact Levy County Emergency Management.