ARES OFFICIAL WEATHER ADVISORY FROM OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

*****HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SIGNIFICANT WEATER ADVISORY*****

RAINFALL EVENT

The Office of Emergency Management has briefed ARES/RACES regarding the potential for heavy rainfall in our area over the next several days from reports out of the NHC:

At this time we are asking that you prepare for a POSSIBLE activation. Check your radios, batteries and ‘go kit’ for all necessary items. Refer to your personal plan and the communication plan for frequencies that will be used. Potentially, volunteer radio operators may be needed for sandbagging sites, shelters and staffing at the PSOC. Further updates will be sent via email. As a reminder NI4CE Repeater System 442.55 negative offset with a pl of 146.2 is used for Skywarn net. ARES/RACES will use 147.105 with a pl of 146.2.

More Information Here, disturbance two:
2. A well-defined, non-tropical low pressure system has developed over
the northeastern Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles south-southwest of
Apalachicola, Florida.  Upper-level winds are only marginally
conducive for this system to acquire subtropical or tropical
characteristics tonight and Monday before it moves inland over the
central Florida peninsula on Tuesday, and into the western Atlantic
by Wednesday.  Regardless of development, the low is expected to
produce locally heavy rainfall across portions of central and
northeastern Florida during the next couple of days. Please see
additional information from your local National Weather Service
Forecast Offices concerning the rainfall threat.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.
Forecaster Stewart
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SANDBAGS
STATIONS OPEN IN TAMPA TODAY:
TAMPA – The city of Tampa opened three sandbag locations Sunday, following concerns of localized flooding.
 
Residents can fill sandbags from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the following locations:
 
-Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W. Mango Ave. in Tampa.
-Barksdale Active Adult Center at MacFarlane Park, 1801 N. Lincoln Ave. 
-Jackson Heights Community Center Playground, 3310 E. Lake Ave. in Tampa.
 
Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags are required to show identification to verify they live in the city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification.
 
There is a 10-bag limit.
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Please remain alert as conditions can change rapidly as storms move through. OEM will continue to monitor this situation and provide further updates to us as necessary, which we will pass on.
Please refer to http://hcaresraces.org/nws-brief-for-heavy-rain-potential/ for the forecast from the NWS. We will continue to update the website with NWS forecast for the weather event.

Keep up to date with the latest http://hcaresraces.org and www.facebook.com/hcaresraces/ also the ultimate authority to reference on this is the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Please direct any questions to myself or KJ4NYD.
73s stay dry,
Matt
K4MJG
HC ARES Liaison Officer

813.334.3694
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