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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.

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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.

Alone and Scared in TS Fay

I am here alone, and scared to death, have a broken front window that’s patched with duct tape and the south winds are just driving the rain in.  I’m fucking terrified, it’s the middle of the night, and I have no one to call.

Someone please tell me this is almost over…

Personal Local Observations – Flash Floods – TS Fay – Tornados Confirmed

Tornado watch remains in effect for Treasure Coast until 4 p.m. : Treasure Coast : TCPalm.

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.

UPDATES:

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.

Latest Fay update: Additional Tornadoes Touch Down on Treasure Coast

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.

Treasure Coast Closings and Announcements Update Re: TS Fay

St. Lucie and Okeechobee closings and announcements

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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.”

TREASURE COASTWIDE/FLORIDA:

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.