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Weathered The Storm…

Despite the massive flooding here in the county, I have managed to weather TS Fay without too much damage.  The duct tape on the smashed-in window just *barely* held up against the winds that pelted us from the ESE to WSW the entire time.  It did not hold against the water however so there was leakage inside.  Thankfully, that is all that leaked.  I was concerned about some missing tiles on the roof as well, but they managed to hold.  Water did blow into the attic vent on the side of the house under the eave, and while a little dripping was heard inside the ceiling, nothing made it through.  I am hoping that will dry out on its own once we start to heat back up again. 

The storm did cause some damage to the siding of the front of the house where it pulled the wood away from the building.  Some pieces of that are going to have to be replaced ASAP and I am going to have to board that window up for good since I cannot afford to have it replaced.  This will be done with borrowed tools and hopefully the helping hand of one of my neighbors.  I will need to find some heavy-duty 4″ screws to go through both the wood paneling and the concrete of the building.  Yikes.  As of this morning, it was not immediately apparent that any other neighbors took any damage, save for a downed mailbox at Dana and Gary’s place.

Flooding remains the primary concern all along the Treasure Coast where we are still being pelted by heavy rains.  Today they are coming with 15-45 minute breaks inbetween the rains which is allowing waters to recede just slightly.  Many homes, especially in older areas such as along Delaware Ave., and in farming areas reported water entering the residences.  A large number of intersections, and in many places in the area entire neighborhoods, are completely impassible and this morning many were blocked off by officers directing traffic out of these areas. 

On my way in to work this morning, I was turned back twice, as Oleander was severely flooded between Edwards and Virginia, and Virginia was severely flooded between US1 and 25th Street.  North 39th Street in Fort Pierce also remains badly flooded north of Angle Road for at least 3 blocks.  This area however has not been blocked off.  Trucks and larger vehicles are able to pass through slowly, but passenger cars are having great difficulty getting through.  Most are turning around. 

With the ground being so saturated, I would advise ALL drivers to not exit the roadway into swales to turn around.  The ground is likely to give way and sink the vehicle a foot or more, as happened to a very good friend of mine the last time it flooded here.  He did not realize he was pulling into a grassy area until it was too late and the majority of the front end of his truck was under mud and water.

I will be going home to check on things again shortly, and I hope to God that tape has held up through today’s storms as I had to come in to work today and could not be there for window-rescue as I was up all night doing.

Here’s hoping anyone reading this either fared well or lives out of the area and did not have to deal with Fay.

Severe Weather Alert – East Coast of Florida – Wednesday August 20 7am

TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT
Issue Time: 7:08AM EDT, Wednesday Aug 20, 2008
Valid Until: 7:15AM EDT, Thursday Aug 21, 2008
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TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 7:15AM EDT

Hurricane Fay Local Statement National Weather Service Melbourne FL 708 AM EDT Wed Aug 20 2008

Southern Brevard-Indian River-St. Lucie-Martin-Coastal Volusia- Northern Brevard-

… Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect…

… New Information… The Center Of Tropical Storm Fay Will Move North Near The Brevard And Volusia County Coast Today And This Evening And Then Is Forecast To Make Another Landfall As It Turns Back Westward Toward The Coast Between Daytona Beach And Saint Augustine Late Tonight Or Thursday Based On The Current Track Forecast. At This Time… The Most Likely Scenario Is For This System To Stay At Tropical Storm Strength If It Stays Close To The East Coast And Is Not Forecast To Move Across The Warmer Gulf Stream Waters.

… Areas Affected… This Statement Recommends Actions To Be Taken By Persons In The Following Coastal Counties… Martin… Saint Lucie… Indian River… Brevard… And Volusia Counties.

… Winds… A Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect As Winds Gusts To 45 To 50 Mph Are Still Expected With Rain Bands Around The Center Today As Fay Moves Slowly North Toward Northern Brevard And The Volusia County Coast Through This Afternoon. There Is Much Uncertainty In The Exact Track Forecast But Beyond Tonight But By Thursday Morning Fay Should Turn To The Northwest Or West And Possible Make Another Landfall Along The Coast Between Daytona Beach And Saint Augustine. On This Track… Conditions Will Improve By This Afternoon Across Southern Coastal Sections Of East Central Florida With The Threat For Tropical Storm Force Winds Continuing Along The Volusia County Coast Into Thursday.

… Inland Flooding…

Radar Estimates And Rain Gage Observations Indicate That A Large Area Of 6 To 8 Inches… With Isolated Spots To Near 10 Inches Fell During The Past 36 Hours Along The Coast From Central Brevard County South… And Inland To Osceola And Okeechobee Counties. Minor To Moderate Flooding Occurred Across Much Of This Region.

Scattered To Numerous Showers Will Redevelop Across All Of East Central Florida… With Additional Periods Of Heavy Rainfall. The Flood Watch Continues In Effect.

On The Saint Johns River Between Lake Harney And Astor… There Is Currently No Significant Flooding. The Latest Stage Heights At Lake Harney… Sanford… Deland… And Astor Are All Below River Flood Stage. Rain Totals Along The Saint Johns River Will Increase North Of Lake Harney Today And Tonight. As Of This Morning… The Stage At Astor Is The Closest To Flood Heights… But It Has Not Reached Action Level.

… Tornadoes… As The Center Of Fay Moves North Near The Coast… The Favorable Environment For Tornadoes Will Also Move Slowly Away From The Central Peninsula. A Low Threat For An Isolated Tornado Will Linger Today And Tonight… Primarily Across Volusia And Northern Lake Counties County In Association With Fay.

… Storm Surge And Storm Tide… As Winds Shift To Offshore South Of The Cape… Storm Surge Concerns Will Remain Minimal. High Surf And A High Threat For Rip Currents Will Continue Today. If Fay Restrengthens And Remains Near The Coast… A 2 To 3 Foot Storm Surge May Occur… Mainly Along The Northern Volusia Coast.

… Next Update… The Next Local Statement Will Be Issued By The National Weather Service In Melbourne Around 9 AM EDT… Or Sooner If Conditions Warrant.

For A Graphical Version Of This Hurricane Local Statement… See The Melbourne National Weather Service Web Site At Weather.Gov And Then Click On East Central Florida.