This guy is good he has been forcasting in this area for a long time. He was around even as far back as Andrew. You can get regular updates from him at IRCES.com if you sign up he will email you with the latest including maps. The joke around here is "when he takes his tie off it's serious" Well he is on our local county station right now with his tie off.
-----Original Message----- From: Nate McCollum Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 1:49 PM To: Weather Alerts Subject: Prepare Now For Hurricane Frances
The time of tracking Hurricane Frances is over and the time for preparing has started. Hurricane Frances will be making landfall somewhere along the east coast on Saturday. The current wind field timing will be as follows:
Saturday-3-am tropical storm winds begin Saturday-5-am-high end tropical storm force winds-hurricane force winds Saturday8am-2:00pm-Most intense winds of this system will occur Saturday 2:00pm -7:pm-Winds will reduce.
This is the best time line at this time. This will change as the forecast changes. It is unknown if we will have the most intense winds, but we need to plan for this. The ridge remains in place and there is no doubt in my mind that we will have hurricane force winds.
Shelters will be opened at noon tomorrow, but evacuation out of Florida may be the better answer. Mandatory evacuations for the barrier island and mobile homes will occur tomorrow beginning at noon. Limited shelters are available because of the intense winds. We will have routes for evacuation tomorrow. Remember, the entire east coast of Florida is going to evacuate because of this storm. School is closed Thursday and Friday. A list of shelters will be available in the morning.
This is a serious situation. If this system makes landfall near Indian River County, it will be the strongest hurricane in our area in history. If you stay at home, make sure your structure is safe for the most intense winds.
This is a serious situation and everyone should be prepared for an extreme event.
Nathan McCollum Indian River County Emergency Management
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