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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #81949 - Mon Aug 18 2008 03:56 AM

Two reasons come to mind.
The typical day has a rise and fall in the morning and another in the evening. Somewhat like the tide rises and falls.

The other reason is the Storm and the front just north of your area. They are ' fighting for space', tug of war.
Also known as barometric pumping the frequent rise and fall of the barometer prior to a storm passing.
You can see the same rise and fall during the winter with a strong cold front.


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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: danielw]
      #81950 - Mon Aug 18 2008 03:59 AM

Thats interesting,

So those storms were getting are not feeder bands from Fay?

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #81951 - Mon Aug 18 2008 04:04 AM

Yes they are feeder bands from Fay. Also called convergence bands, as they converge/ merge into the storm center.

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: danielw]
      #81952 - Mon Aug 18 2008 04:06 AM

Okay, I just wanted to clarify on that.

Thanks danielw

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Edited by StrmTrckrMiami (Mon Aug 18 2008 04:32 AM)


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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #81956 - Mon Aug 18 2008 04:25 AM

To whom it concerns, my interpretation from earlier this afternoon when thunderstorms were firing across Ft. Myers area were that they were not "feeder bands" into TS Fay. My interpretation of the term "feeder bands" also has to do with proximity of the linear convection to the storm and at the time this afternoon the storms were more than 400, maybe 500, miles away. Follow the link below for a great graphic of "feeder bands" and additional information.

Accuweather's Anatomy of a Hurricane

Please note the proximity of the feeder-bands to the storm's center, and also notice the definition.

(I understand if the link I attached is removed as it is part of Accuweather's website).

Edited by LDH892 (Mon Aug 18 2008 04:36 AM)


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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: LDH892]
      #82061 - Mon Aug 18 2008 06:44 PM

Schools closed tomorrow in Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Sumpter - - 2 hr early release in Marion

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: Wingman51]
      #82063 - Mon Aug 18 2008 06:59 PM

2:03pm Update:

The area is getting prepared:

• Lee and Collier County schools will be closed Tuesday.

• Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties have declared states of emergency. In addition, a mandatory curfew was being discussed by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the sale of alcohol will be limited.

• A voluntary evacuation is in effect for Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, Pine Island and Boca Grande. The Sanibel Island City Council will reconvene at 4 p.m. today to make further decisions based on the track of the advancing storm, said Judie Zimomra, city manager.

• Some shelters have been opened in both counties.

• Southwest Florida International Airport managers will decide late this afternoon when and if it will close. As of 11 a.m., the only canceled flights were Continental Connection’s to Key West.

On Bonita Beach, only a very small smattering of condos had their shutters rolled down. On the beach itself, inch-high waves from a still-as-glass Gulf of Mexico lapped at the shoreline in front of Doc’s Beach House.

All fire districts are getting an extra supply of sandbags today.

As of 9:30 this morning, the Iona McGregor Fire District was the only station with sandbags.

Electric companies were poised to react quickly.

At Florida Power and Light, crews around Florida and from outside the state are ready to be deployed, spokesman Mayco Villafana said.

The Lee County Electric Cooperative has 250 technicians ready for Fay’s aftermath. More than half the crew comes from outside the company with workers coming as far away as North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, according to LCEC spokesperson Karen Ryan.

The additional line workers and tree-trimming crews arrived in their own bucket trucks. LCEC, Ryan said has several gasoline tankers filled to keep the fleet fueled and two helicopters to monitor the situation.

LCEC is also staffing its customer support center, which will be on around the clock. Company officials ask that people don’t call the call center to tell them the power is out.

“If the entire neighborhood is out of power, we know,” Ryan said. “There’s no need to call.”

Customers should call the company at (239) 995-2121 only for an emergency, such as an electrical fire or a downed power line.

“Treat every downed line as if it were energized,” Ryan said.

The Emergency Operations Center in Lee County will open four locations as public shelters, beginning at 4 p.m. They are:

South Fort Myers High School (capacity 2,500. This is also the only shelter allowing pets), Dunbar High School (capacity 500), Islands High School (capacity 3,000), Estero Community Center (capacity 2,500).

Harborside in downtown Fort Myers will open at noon as a special needs shelter, capacity of about 300. A person must be preregistered to gain access to this shelter.

One death has been reported in preparation of the storm from Hurricane Shutters.

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #82067 - Mon Aug 18 2008 07:39 PM

Hillsborough County Schools are out for Tuesday with the decision about Wednesday to be made later.

Polk county Schools are out Tuesday AND Wednesday.

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #82068 - Mon Aug 18 2008 07:43 PM

Schools closed in Hillsborough county for Tuesday.

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: Littlebit]
      #82070 - Mon Aug 18 2008 08:06 PM

Updated 3:04pm from News-Press:

Fort Myers

• Edison Mall will be closing at 4 p.m. today and remain closed until further notice.

For the update on the mall reopening, customers and employees can call the mall’s shopping line at 939-5464.

• Lee County Commission Chairman Ray Judah announced county government operations, not including emergency services, will be closed as of 5 p.m. through tomorrow.

• All Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida offices will be closed Tuesday.

• A spokeswoman from the U. S. District Court said that the court and the clerk's office is closed as of 2:30 p.m. today and will remain closed Tuesday.

• The Chamber of Southwest Florida has postponed the iROX I-75 Road Expansion Project Update Luncheon originally scheduled for Wednesday at the Forest Country Club in Fort Myers.

The event will now be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m.


• All Circuit 20 courts will be closed Tuesday, according to spokeswoman
Sheila Mann.

As of today, though, courts in Charlotte and Hendry counties will close at
3:30 p.m., Collier County court closed at 1 p.m. today, while Lee and Glades
county courts will remain open through today.

A hotline number will be released shortly for residents who are expecting to
appear in court Wednesday. The hotline will identify which courts might be
open by then.

Lee County Jail staff is expected to beef up its regular shifts with more
personnel, but other than that, it will be business as usual.


• The Lee Republican Women's Club has cancelled it's Candidates Showcase event scheduled for Tuesday at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.

• St. Francis Xavier School will be closed on Tuesday. Parents and students are urged to check the school’s web site, stfrancisfortmyers.org, for updates.

School officials also plan to e-mail families and provide updates through local media, including news-press.com.

• City Manager William Mitchell has closed all Fort Myers City Government offices on Tuesday.

• Lee Mental Health in Fort Myers will be closed Tuesday. For more information
call 275-3222. A recorded message will update callers on when it will
re-open.

• A check presentation to Susanna Widman, the wife of fallen officer Andrew Widman, scheduled for today has been postponed.

Herocare, a locally headquartered and nationally reaching non-profit organization, raised nearly $25,000 for Widman’s family. The donation was going to be presented during a Fort Myers City Council meeting.

• Both the Imaginarium and Southwest Florida Museum of History will be closed
today through Tuesday.

A determination about Wednesday hours will be made after the storm passes through.

The SWFL Museum of History hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am. to 5 p.m.
and the Imaginarium’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sundays noon to 5 p.m.

• The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open to the public today, but on a shortened schedule.

According to an advisory from Fort Myers’ historic estates: The last guided tour is at noon. The Edison Lab and Museum will stay open until 2 p.m.

Visitors will receive a discounted admission price of $11 for adults and $6 for children.

The estates will be closed Tuesday.

People hoping to visit Wednesday should call the estates that day at (239) 334-7419, and speak with a staff member before traveling.

The historic homes have been secured, and vulnerable furnishings removed in preparation for the storm.


Sanibel

• Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commercess has canceled its after-hours social event scheduled tonight for Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. It will be rescheduled.

The chamber’s visitor center will be closed Tuesday.


North Fort Myers

The Citrus Expo scheduled to begin Wednesday at Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers, has been canceled because of the storm, organizers announced this morning.

The civic center is used for staging many emergency response efforts.

The annual citrus industry expo of seminars and a trade show was called off following Hurricane Charley in 2004.

For further information regarding Citrus Expo, go to www.citrusexpo.net and www.southeastagnet.com.
Cape Coral -Chiquita Boat Lock closes tonight

The Chiquita Boat Lock in southwest Cape Coral will be closed at 10 p.m. today and will not reopen until Wednesday. The lock serves as a gateway between the Cape’s Southwest Spreader Canal System and surrounding waterways.

In addition to the lock, all other city facilities will be closed tomorrow in Cape Coral.


• All Cape Coral Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed and all
programs canceled after 6 p.m. today through Tuesday in anticipation of
Tropical Storm Fay. City officials will make a decision at 3 p.m. Tuesday on
when to reopen the facilities.

• There will be no trash pickup Tuesday in Cape Coral in anticipation of Tropical Storm Fay.

Waste Management, the company contracted for refuse collection in the Cape will not be operating on Tuesday. Residents are asked to keep all trash containers inside and secured. Any trash placed outside is likely to blow away in the storm.

• Cape officials have canceled a ground-breaking ceremony for the cape’s new Public Safety Building, which was scheduled for Wednesday.

Construction crews from Balfour Beatty Construction hoped to being work on the $19 million building this week.

With Tropical Storm Fay set to hit the area tomorrow, the company is putting off work on the project.
Collier County

• The Board of Collier County Commissioners and County Manager’s Agency are open all day today but will be closed Tuesday.

The Supervisor of Elections office is open all day today and closed Tuesday as well.

Early voting is being suspended at 2 p.m. today and all day Tuesday. Early voting will resume on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at all seven locations.

The Clerk of Courts office is closing this afternoon and remain closed Tuesday.

Courts Administration is expected to close this afternoon and stay closed Tuesday.

The Property Appraiser’s office is open all day today and will be closed Tuesday.

The Tax Collector’s Office office is open all day today and will be closed Tuesday.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Tuesday for routine business operations. The sheriff has activated the agency’s emergency operations plan.
Estero

Coconut Point Mall will be closing at 5 p.m. today and remain closed until further notice.

For updates on the mall reopening, customers and employees can call the mall’s shopping line at 992-4259.
FGCU

Because of the approaching storm, Florida Gulf Coast University campus will be closed Tuesday. All FGCU activities on campus and at off-campus locations are canceled for Tuesday. FGCU will reopen for regular operations at 8 a.m. on Wednesday unless news updates state otherwise.

As of 10 p.m. tonight, the FGCU campus will be closed for everyone except FGCU-designated essential personnel.
Charlotte County

• The superintendent of Charlotte County Public Schools has announced that all Charlotte County public xchools will be closed Tuesday.

He will be making an announcement on Tuesday afternoon about whether schools will be open on Wednesday.
Edison College

• To ensure the safety and welfare of Edison College students and employees, all campuses will close as of 4:30 p.m. today, and remain closed through Tuesday.

Edison College is not a designated emergency shelter and only authorized individuals will be allowed on campus during the closure.

Edison College will resume normal operations Wednesday, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Synovus Bank will close its branches located in Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers, Naples, Pt. Charlotte, and Venice on Tuesday, August 19. The bank’s ATMs will remain in service assuming power is available.

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #82072 - Mon Aug 18 2008 08:14 PM

FYI: Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Hernando County Public schools are closed in addition to the others listed on this page....

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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: MikeC]
      #82085 - Mon Aug 18 2008 10:09 PM

Current Conditions in Fort Myers, Florida:


Light Rain
77.5 °F / 25.3 °C
Humidity: 86%
Dew Point: 73 °F / 23 °C
Wind: 2.5 mph / 4 km/h from the NE
Wind Gust: 10.3 mph / 16 km/h
Pressure: 29.61 in / 1002.6 hPa (Falling)
Heat Index: 79 °F / 26 °C
Clouds:
Few 1400 ft / 426 m
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 14 ft / 4 m

Fay is said to be hitting us by around 12:00am tonight, hopefully we shall see some action soon. Right now, its just really cool, and its misting outside. Wind Gusts every once in a while. Friends in Miami say they've got blown transformers and crap, and that their electricity is off. I think they got the worst part of Fay.

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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #82097 - Mon Aug 18 2008 10:32 PM

Pasco County Schools will be closed on Tuesday.

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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: Southern4sure]
      #82105 - Mon Aug 18 2008 10:50 PM

They updated the stuff on the News-Press saying Fay will hit us around 12:00am tonight. I'm going to grab my camera and video tape her as she comes in..

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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: Southern4sure]
      #82110 - Mon Aug 18 2008 11:08 PM

Brevard Co schools are closed

From what I can figure out, all central florida schools are closed


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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: engicedave]
      #82117 - Mon Aug 18 2008 11:28 PM

7:27pm - heavy rain in Naples. Collier Co has enacted a curfew 11pm to 6am each day, expiring at 6am on Wednesday. All SW Florida schools and most offices are closed tomorrow.

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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: KC]
      #82124 - Mon Aug 18 2008 11:45 PM

7:44pm, Heavy Rain in Fort Myers, Florida. Uploading Some Videos now of the winds. They seem light, and the rain is also starting to get heavier.

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      #82125 - Mon Aug 18 2008 11:46 PM

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7:27pm - heavy rain in Naples. Collier Co has enacted a curfew 11pm to 6am each day, expiring at 6am on Wednesday. All SW Florida schools and most offices are closed tomorrow.




Does this mean no mail?

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Re: Preparations, Closings and Conditions in Your Area [Re: danielw]
      #82143 - Tue Aug 19 2008 12:12 AM

There was a report of a power line on fire on Key Largo around 7:30. I think the Keys made out pretty good overall though from what I can tell. Here it's cloudy, no rain and only light wind. I'm thinking this storm will be a lot like TS Marco in 1990. I remember being impressed with how much kick that little coast hugger had. That was of course before Charely came to town.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Marco_(1990)


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Re: Tropical Storm Fay Approaching Florida from the South [Re: StrmTrckrMiami]
      #82176 - Tue Aug 19 2008 02:07 AM

Quote:



Does this mean no mail?





I wouldn't think so


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