The following provides information regarding preparation for Tropical Storm Ernesto. Please share this information with your members, colleagues, and acquaintances.
Tropical Storm Ernesto shifted west toward the southern Florida peninsula. Impacts will likely be felt on Marco Island as early as 10:00 p.m. tonight through tomorrow (Wednesday) with tropical storm force winds and heavy rain.
Unless conditions change to the worse later today, we advise and recommend the following:
The voluntary evacuation of Marco Island's non-residents and visitors, issued by Collier County yesterday (Monday) has been rescinded. Citizens and visitors are urged to remain indoors during the storm period and avoid unnecessary driving.
Winds may be in the range of 45 and up to 70 m.p.h. Loose items on a lanai or around the yard should be secured by this evening. Do not underestimate the power and wind force of a severe tropical storm. Winds of this force can cause serious injury.
Power,utility, and telephone/cell phone disruptions should be anticipated. Be prepared for this possibility. Local utilities will do everything possible to maintain service, but severe wind, rain, and lightening may cause disruptions that cannot be quickly restored.
Top off vehicles with fuel and replenish hurricane supplies, including bottled water. Check to be sure required prescription medicines are available. Have non-perishable, ready-to-eat food supplies available.
Predicted rainfall is between 5-10". Be prepared for unusually high tides. Flooding of low-lying areas and roads are likely. Use extreme caution if driving is necessary.
Boats should be well-secured.
Collier County had planned for an early release of schools at noon today (1:00 p.m. for Charter Middle School), unrelated to the storm. Later today, the School District will determine whether schools are canceled for tomorrow. We will pass that information along. The City's Parks and Recreation Department is planning to have a "hurricane camp" at Mackle Park if schools are canceled tomorrow and if the weather permits safe driving. Call 642-0575 after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday to confirm.
The next few hours may yield more information and a better prediction as to the potential impact of this storm and how it might impact Marco Island. Stayed tuned to local news media. At least one more e-mail message, and a CodeRed telephone alert message, will be issued later today.
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