This is a collection of photographs I took at the Savannas Wildlife Preserve in St. Lucie County, FL All were shot on a Canon EOS Rebel G using Fuji 35mm film. Yep, that’s right: I’m old-school.
A little history of this photo set… These were taken in 2005, shortly after my husband had filed for divorce and put me and my then 3-year old daughter on the street. This is where I ended up living for some time, in my little tent while still holding a full time job. This collection is truly a statement to finding the positive and the beauty in any situation we are given to handle. I hope they inspire you as well to look around you, no matter what you’re going through, and try to find something beautiful to hold onto. Even the smallest thing can be enough to keep you going when you’ve lost everything else.
Latest Fay update: Center Of Storm NW Of Lake Okeechobee
3:01 p.m. Southern Brevard County is under a flash flood warning until 6:30 p.m.
2:56 p.m.: The center of Tropical Storm Fay was just northwest of Lake Okeechobee. The eyewall of Fay is associated with very heavy squalls as it moves north at 10 mph, according to the National Weather Service. A band of hurricane-force wind gusts between 70 and 80 mph and torrential rain will move across southern Okeechobee County and the town of Okeechobee through 4 p.m., the Weather Service reports.
2:44 p.m.: A tornado touched down just north of the Indian River County line in Barefoot Bay about 1:40 p.m., causing damage to residences, and injuring two people.
2:22 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the tornado warning for northeastern Indian River County until 2:45 p.m. The warning includes Sebastian, Winter Beach, Wabasso, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores and Gifford. The cell is moving northwest at 33 mph.
2:20 p.m.: The center of Tropical Storm Fay is over the western shore of Lake Okeechobee.
1:59 p.m.: Eastern Indian River County is again under a tornado warning, until 2:15 p.m. Doppler radar indicated a tornado was 3 miles northeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet at 1:47 p.m. Wind gusts of 80 to 85 mph are associated with this cell.
1:31 p.m.: Vero Beach Police report a whale was beached on the shore near South Beach in the city. The whale is 10 to 12 feet long. Harbor Branch officials were called to the scene. No further information was released.
1:28 p.m.: Southern Brevard County is under a tornado warning until 2 p.m. Doppler radar indicates the storm is near Micco and the Sebastian Inlet, moving northwest at 38 mph. It is expected to be near Palm Bay by 1:45 p.m. At 1:25 p.m., Doppler radar showed a line of strong storms from 17 miles east of Grant-Valkaria to 8 miles east of Micco. Besides the tornado threat, the other concern will be lightning and gusty winds of 60 mph.
1:05 p.m.: There was a possible tornado touchdown on Selvitz Road, said St. Lucie County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Catherine Whitaker. Buildings were damaged and vehicles were overturned at 3904 Selvitz Road at 12:45 p.m., she said. No one has been reported injured as of now. Selvitz Road is between Edwards Road and Midway Road, just west of Fort Pierce.
12:46 p.m. A tornado warning is in effect for southeastern Indian River County and north central St. Lucie County until 1:15 p.m. This includes Vero Beach and Indrio. The immediate danger of a tornado is high in this area.
12:45 p.m. The National Weather Service reports that wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph are expected to hit Okeechobee County between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Near Tropical Storm Fay’s center at 12:35 p.m., an almost eyewall-like feature was producing a 30- to 60-minute period of sustained, tropical storm-force winds with frequent damaging gusts of 60 to 70 mph and blinding wind-driven rain squalls. These squalls are headed for the Okeechobee area. Okeechobee County residents are advised to prepare for these squalls and treat the feature as you would a tornadic storm. The Weather Service advises staying indoors on the lowest floor, away from windows, and not to be outside or driving.
12:32 p.m.: The National Weather Service extended its flash flood warning north into Indian River County. All of the Treasure Coast now is under a flash food warning.
12:21 p.m.: The National Weather Service reports strong squalls are affecting the Treasure Coast and are moving north about 25 mph. The primary threat will be gusty winds of 40 to 45 mph.
10:40 a.m.: A tornado has touched down at the Shell gas station on U.S. 1 near Monroe Street just south of Stuart. A vehicle flipped over and power lines are down. FPL workers are en route. Southbound U.S. 1 traffic is reduced to a single lane.
10:28 a.m.: National Weather Service radar indicated squalls across the Treasure Coast counties moving northwest at 29 mph. The primary threat will be occasional gusts to 40 to 50 mph. Periods of torrential rainfall can be expected, causing some road flooding.
9:52 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for Stuart, Jensen Beach and Hobe Sound until 10:15 a.m. At 9:51 a.m., radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable ot producing a tornado 6 miles southeast of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, moving northwest at 35 mph. It will be near Jupiter Island by 10 a.m. and Hobe Sound by 10:05 a.m.
9:48 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for North Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Jupiter and Tequesta areas until 10 a.m. At 9:34 a.m., radar indicated a possible tornado near North Palm Beach moving north at 49 mph. At 9:47 a.m, it was reported near Jupiter moving north at 48 mph.
9:03 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for eastern Martin County until 9:30 a.m. Radar indicated a severe storm capable of producing a tornado near Hobe Sound moving northwest at 11 p.m. It will be near Port Salerno and Rocky Point by 9:20 a.m. and Palm City, Stuart and Jensen Beach by 9:30 a.m.
9:02 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for east central Palm Beach County until 9:30 a.m. At 9:01 a.m., radar indicated a possible tornado near Village of Golf moving north at 49 mph. It will pass near Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach and North Palm Beach General Airport.
8:31 a.m.: National Weather Service radar indicates squalls moving into Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Brevard counties. The storms are moving north at 20-25 mph. The primary threat will be occasional gusty winds of 35 to 45 mph, which can cause unsecured objects to blow around, snap tree limbs or cause power outages and blinding rainfall. Periods of torrential rainfall can be expected, causing ponding or some road flooding.
8:01 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for northeastern Palm Beach County until 8:45 a.m. Radar indicated a possible tornado near North Palm Beach at 7:56 a.m., moving northwest at 32 mph. Another was indicated 4 miles southeast of West Palm Beach moving at 32 mph. The tornadoes will be near Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter and Tequesta.
7:32 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for northeastern Palm Beach County until 8 a.m. Radar indicated a possible tornado 6 miles southeast of Lake Worth moving north-northwest at 33 mph. Another possible tornado was located 3 miles east of Haverhill.
7:29 a.m.: Radar indicated a strong squall 9 miles west of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County, moving north at 30 p.m.
7:15 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for north central Palm Beach County until 7:45 a.m. At 7:14 a.m., radar indicated a possible tornado near The Acreage moving north at 33 mph.
7:10 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for east central Palm Beach County until 7:30 a.m. Radar indicated a possible tornado near Hypoluxo moving north at 33 mph. The tornado will be near Lake Worth and West Palm Beach.
7:10 a.m.: A tropical storm coastal water advisory was issued from Daytona Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Strong winds and isolated thunderstorms will produce seas of 8 to 11 feet until Wednesday morning.
7:05 a.m.: A tornado watch was extended until 4 p.m. for Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Brevard counties.
6:48 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for central Palm Beach County until 7:15 a.m. At 6:46 a.m., radar indicated a possible tornado in Wellington moving north at 41 mph. The tornado will be near Royal Palm Beach and the North Palm Beach General Airport area.
6:45 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for northeastern Martin County including Stuart, Palm City and Jensen Beach until 7:45 a.m. At 6:39 a.m., radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Rocky Point moving northwest at 33 mph. The storm will move into St. Lucie County by 7 a.m.
6:28 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for western Martin County until 7:15 a.m. Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm 8 miles south of Indiantown moving northwest at 30 mph.
6:28 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for northwestern St. Lucie County until 7:15 a.m. At 6:26 a.m., radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado about 7 miles west of White City. It was moving northwest at 33 mph. It will pass over State Road 70 around 6:45 a.m.
6:12 a.m.: A tornado warning remains in effect until 6:30 a.m. for southeastern St. Lucie County. At 6:07 a.m., radar indicated a squall line capable of producing a tornado located in central Port St. Lucie. It was moving northwest near 35 mph. It will be near the northern side of Port St. Lucie by 6:20 a.m. The Port St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant reported a wind gust near 55 mph at 5:55 a.m.
5:59 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for eastern Palm Beach County until 6:30 a.m. Radar indicated a possible tornado near Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge moving north at 34 mph.
5:50 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for southeastern St. Lucie County until 6:30 a.m. At 5:44 a.m., radar indicated a squall line capable of producing a tornado 7 miles south of Walton moving northwest at 35 mph. It will pass Port St. Lucie River Park by 6 a.m. and White City by 6:05 a.m.
5:50 a.m.: A flood watch is in effect for Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Brevard counties until Wednesday morning. Fay is expected to produce extensive rainfall across east central Florida, the National Weather Service advised.
5:49 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for north central Palm Beach County until 6:15 a.m. Radar indicated a possible tornado one mile southeast of Canal Point moving northwest at 31 mph.
5:29 a.m.: A tornado warning was posted for west central Palm Beach County, southeastern Glades County and northeastern Hendry County until 6 a.m. A a possible tornado was reported near Clewiston moving northwest at 44 mph.
5:23 a.m.: A special marine advisory was posted for Lake Okeechobee until 6:45 a.m. A thunderstorm capable of producing a waterspout was reported over Lake Harbor moving northwest.
A tornado watch remains in effect until 8 a.m. for all of South Florida.
St. Lucie and Okeechobee closings and announcements
Hurricane season 2008
Closings and other announcements due to Tropical Storm Fay:
Political signs: Due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Fay, all candidates running for office in St. Lucie County are required to remove their political signs effective immediately.
Law enforcement and code enforcement officers will begin taking down all political signs that are not removed from the roadways this evening. Additionally, all residents are encouraged to check their yards for any loose debris and signs that might become projectiles.
There are no plans to open shelters in St. Lucie County.
Government offices: A decision on whether St. Lucie County government offices will be open on Tuesday will be made Monday.
Early voting: St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker said early voting polling locations in St. Lucie County are expected to be open Tuesday.
“It’s going to be wet, but for right now it’s a West Coast storm,” Walker said.
John Carroll closing: Due to Tropical Storm Fay’s possible threat to our area, John Carroll High School will be closed Tuesday.
Any after-school activities for Monday and Tuesday are canceled. This includes all sporting events, practices, meetings, etc.
Throughout the duration of this storm and any others during this hurricane season, employees and parents will be notified of school closings via radio, television, and our website, http://www.JohnCarrollHigh.com.
Students will follow a regular school schedule when school resumes. Orientation for 11th and 12th graders has been canceled.
John Carroll High School does follow the same school cancellation schedule as St. Lucie County Public Schools.
School closings: The St. Lucie County School District has decided to close schools Tuesday, according to Tom Christopher, St. Lucie County emergency operations manager.
“The school district has canceled all activities tonight (Monday) and is closing schools Aug. 19,” Christopher said.
Christopher said the county will not open emergency shelters.
Officials from the county, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie were meeting Monday afternoon to decide if public buildings will be closed Tuesday.
“We want that to be a coordinated effort,” Christopher said about 12:45 p.m. Monday. “We should have an announcement about that within the next couple of hours.”
Tolls: In order to facilitate evacuation and allow tollbooth personnel to prepare for and seek shelter from approaching Tropical Storm Fay, effective at 11 a.m. Monday, tolls are suspended until further notice at the following locations:
Florida’s Turnpike, northbound and southbound, from its southernmost point at the South Dixie Highway/US 1 (Exit 1) in Miami-Dade County to the Boynton Beach Boulevard interchange (Exit 86) in Palm Beach County.
All toll roads operated by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, including S.R. 836, S.R. 874, S.R. 112, S.R. 924 (Gratigny Parkway) and S.R. 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway).
Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), eastbound and westbound.
The Rickenbacker and Venetian causeways in Miami-Dade County (effective at 10 a.m. Monday).
Tolls were lifted at 1 p.m. Sunday, northbound, on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike from Exit 1 to the Miramar Toll Plaza.
FAU: Due to the continued possibility of inclement weather as a result of Tropical Storm Fay, Florida Atlantic University will close its normal business operations on all of its campuses beginning at noon on Monday and through Tuesday. All business operations at FAU are expected to resume on Wednesday.
All programs and offices at the A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School and the Karen Slattery Child Development Center will be closed on Tuesday and are expected to resume on Wednesday.
For continual updates on FAU’s status, visit http://www.fau.edu or call the FAU hotline at (561) 297-2020, (561) 799-8020, (954) 236-1800 or (772) 873-3330.
Dialysis patients: Fresenius Medical Care clinics in South Florida are running extra shifts Monday for patients on dialysis. Clinics extending hours Monday include those in: Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Broward counties. Call Fresenius’ Patient Disaster Hotline to find out where to receive dialysis, 1-800-626-1297.
District courthouses: The United States District Courthouses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties will be closed Monday due to hazardous weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Fay. The U.S. District courthouses in West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce will remain open. Closures also will be posted on the court’s website at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov.
Price Gouging Hotline: The Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline has been activated at (866) 9-NO-SCAM or (866) 966-7226. Florida law prohibits extreme increases in the price of food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.