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.
See the above link for official stats.
So far today, the highest reading for rainfall has been 7.8 inches in St. Lucie County, recorded around 11 a.m., according to National Weather Service. The average rainfall so far today is 6 inches. Winds have been recorded in the county at 40 mph. Sheriff Ken Mascara (St. Lucie County) is urging drivers to stay off the roads due to extensive flooding.
At 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.
Locally on the southern end of Fort Pierce’s industrial area and approximately 2 miles from the coast (neighborhood area of Edwards Road, Oleander Ave., Midway Road and 7th Street), max sustained winds have peaked at 24mph with the highest gust being at 38mph. There is an indoor draft as winds shift and gust.
At 11:00 – Rain is currently very heavy and blowing in from the East as it has been all morning. Very few southern shifts have been experienced, and then only briefly. This area has received 4.96″ of rain between midnight and 11:00 a.m. and it is still coming hard. At 11:20 a.m., the wind has shifted from the SE at 26mph with the approach of another strong cell.
Air temperature has not risen above 73.3F.
No hail has been experienced, however the combination of high wind gusts and heavy rain has caused sparking and sizzling of powerlines on this street. The transformer in the rear of this location has been humming and buzzing with strong power surges. This could be due to the power lines running through the middle of large, untrimmed trees in the adjoining yards.
At 1:00 – Power lines along 7th Street continue to buzz steadily and loudly for several hours now and I expect to lose power soon. Reported to FPL who needs to assess these lines quickly, something is not right.
FPL trucks and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office cars have been seen on the road otherwise. A flash flood warning has just been issued at 10:51 a.m. for the area. (See Below.)
Damage in this immediate area has thankfully been minimal, involving downed mail boxes, blown trash cans and slight moisture seeping in windows. It is also likely during high wind gusts for rain to blow into attic vents (under eaves and under roof peaks on the sides of houses) and dampen the sheet rock of the ceiling.
At 1:00 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Fay was over Caloosahatchee and tracking NNE toward the Treasure Coast at 8 mph, with sustained winds of 65 mph. Rains should start to subside slightly as the winds begin to increase over the next few hours.
Late Tuesday Update: Center of TS Fay appears to be over the city of Kissimmee right now, and I am praying for the winds to finally shift West so that my front window, which already had a gaping foot-wide hole in it from where someone threw a rock through it, can have some relief. It is only patched with duct tape inside and out, and the tape has failed with the driving rain, letting water inside. Additional tape applied to the inside is also seeping through. There were no tools available to actually board up the place before the storm as I am still in the process of moving and much of my stuff is still at the old location. I am alone here, and scared to say the least.
11:20 a.m. Wind SE 27 / Rain Tally 5.17″ / Lightning moving into the area
11:35 a.m. Wind ESE 19 with strong gusts / Rain Tally 5.27″ / The next cell is here
12:00 p.m. Wind E 9, gusting higher / Rain Tally 5.34″ / Slowed briefly, another wave coming in
12:15 p.m. Wind SE 9, S heavy gusts / Rain Tally 5.42″ / Storm drains now overflowing, power flux
12:30 p.m. Wind ESE 8 / Rain Tally 5.71″ / Power lines still overloaded, but power is on
1:00 p.m. Wind SE 12 / Rain Tally 6.33″ / Lines still buzzing, humming and moaning, brief letup in rain
1:15 p.m. Wind ESE 12 / Rain Tally 6.34″ / Brief sun, wind gusting again ahead of rapidly passing downpours
1:45 p.m. Wind ESE 15 / Rain Tally 6.38″ / Another wave starting to move through
2:00 p.m. Wind ESE 12 / Rain Tally 6.39″ / Center of storm skirting west side of Lake Okeechobee
2:35 p.m. Wind SE 11 / Rain Tally 6.42″ / Found damage to siding – pulled away from house
2:45 p.m. Wind ESE 18 / Rain Unchanged / In 45-60 mins, center will be 40 mi. west of Fort Pierce.
3:15 p.m. Wind ESE 15, gusty / Rain Unchanged
10:00 p.m. Wind S 13 Gusting To 43 / Rain Tally 8.91″ / Center 30 Mi West of us / Window Leaking
11:00 p.m. Wind S 16 Gusting SSW 43 / Rain Tally 9.15″ / Rain still driving in, Barometer 29.5 Rising
11:15 p.m. Wind SSE 17 / Rain Tally 9.18″ / The broken south window is a lost cause at this point
11:30 p.m. Wind still S and erratic / Rain Tally 9.29″ / Baromer 29.52 Rising / 2 streams of water entering
FLASH FLOOD WARNING UPDATED – NEW ISSUE 12:26 P.M. TUES AUG 19, 2008:
FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA, MARTIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA, ST. LUCIE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA, UNTIL 415 PM EDT
Issue Time: 12:26PM EDT, Tuesday Aug 19, 2008
Valid Until: 4:15PM EDT, Tuesday Aug 19, 2008
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Bulletin – Eas Activation Requested Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Melbourne FL 1226 PM EDT Tue Aug 19 2008
The National Weather Service In Melbourne Has Issued A
* Flash Flood Warning For… Indian River County In East Central Florida… Martin County In East Central Florida… Okeechobee County In East Central Florida… St. Lucie County In East Central Florida… * Until 415 PM EDT
* At 1219 PM EDT… National Weather Service Doppler Radar Indicated Very Heavy Rain Continuing On The East Side Of Tropical Storm Fay. Multiple Rainbands Are Producing Torrential Downpours… Which Has Caused Extensive Runoff And Closing Of Roadways. Doppler Radar Estimates That 4 To 6 Inches Of Rain Has Occurred In Martin And St Lucie Counties With Some Isolated Higher Amounts.
* Locations In The Warning Include But Are Not Limited To South Beach… Saint Lucie Village… Vero Lake Estates… Vero Beach Highlands… Saint Lucie Airport… Queens Cove And Lakewood Park
Additional Rainfall Amounts Of 2 To 4 Inches Will Occur In The Warned Area.
Flooding Is Occurring Or Is Imminent. Most Flood Related Deaths Occur In Automobiles. Do Not Attempt To Cross Water Covered Bridges… Dips… Or Low Water Crossings. Never Try To Cross A Flowing Stream… Even A Small One… On Foot.