Hurricane Debby vs. Florida

Old Sarge's picture

Greetings, Folks!

I have been tracking the events surrounding Hurricane Debby for most of Sunday 24 JUN.

Here in Tampa, the eastern portions of the county never lost services, whether power, comms, or business access. There have been several reports at this hour about road flooding, scattered damage to structures resulting from straightline winds, and immense rainfall in Pinellas County. Some power outages have been reported in Pinellas as well, with over 12,000 customers in the dark.

During the height of the storm this evening, I tracked no less than four funnel formations - two onshore, two offshore. One made landfall at St. Pete Beach, causing damage at Pass-a-grille and Treasure Island. One tracked directly over my location in east Hillsborough County. We had a touchdown in Polk County, tracking north past Waverly and Haines City.

At this posting, the storm has stalled in the Gulf, but is still expected to make landfall somewhere in the Panhandle. Debby is not expected to strengthen past Tropical Storm level.

We ended up hosting a hurricane party at The Bride's house. We had me and The Bride, three teenage girls, our older stepdaughter, and a family friend who got flooded out of her apartment, plus a dog. As such, we had to make an emergency trip to Sweetbay to supplement our homestock. We're discussing modifications to our homestock tonight, for just such events in future.

More updates as events warrant. Stay dry!



Old Sarge's picture

Okay, Folks, here's the latest from Hillsborough County Emerg. Mngt, effective 1200 EDT today:

Road Closures

* 5818 North Blossom Circle is closed due to a sinkhole.
* There are no other road closures today. However, motorists may experience lane closures in areas with standing water

Other Road/Flooding Issues

* The water level in the University/Duck Pond area remains high.
* Flooding has been reported in the Westchase area and potholes have developed in the roadways. Public Works teams are currently working to repair those potholes.

HART Delays and Detours
HART bus service is running on its normal schedule today including Route 19, which serves downtown Tampa to Port Tampa via Tampa General Hospital and Britton Plaza.

Teams are currently monitoring the situation for any changes.

* Alafia River water level is currently at 15.19 feet and is expected to crest later today.
* Little Manatee River has crested and should begin receding this afternoon.

Power Outages

* As of the 0900 briefing, TECO reports fewer than 1,400 customers are without electricity, down from 20,000 on Monday.
* Progress Energy still has about 16,000 customers without power.

No evacuations have been reported today. Sunshine Village in the USF area remains evacuated.

Lift Stations
One lift station remains without power in the Brandon area. A mobile pump has been hooked up to keep it operational.

No injuries have been reported.

Sandbags Available
More than 3,800 sandbags have been given out at the Public Works Maintenance Units.

Sandbags remain available to the public until 10 p.m. tonight at the following locations:

* West Service Unit - 9805 Sheldon Drive
* South Service Unit - 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
* Sandbags are NOT available at County Fire Stations

Filled sandbags will be available to the elderly/disabled. Sandbag materials will be available to those physically able to make their own. Additionally, each citizen will sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.

The shelter at Greco Middle School, 6925 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa, remains open today due to flooding in the University of South Florida area. No one stayed in the shelter overnight.

Summer Food Service Locations
The summer food service locations managed by the City of Tampa will be serving food today.

County Building Closures
The following Hillsborough County-operated buildings/sites are inaccessible due to localized flooding. Updated information will be provided as it comes available. Events and activities at these locations may be rescheduled.

* Town 'N Country Commons - Library, Senior Center and Head Start
7606 Paula Drive, Suite 120
Tampa, FL 33615-4116
* The Upper Tampa Bay Trail - Underpasses
The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is open. However, the underpasses are still closed.
Caution is still recommended at these Parks:

* Alderman's Ford Park - Canoe Launch and Trails
9625 Canoe Launch Loop
Lithia, FL 33567
* Lithia Springs Regional Park - Swimming Area
32 Lithia Springs Road
Valrico, FL 33547
Public Meeting Cancellation
The public meeting to discuss the proposed construction of the Northwest Skateboard Park Project at Jackson Springs Park has been postponed due to the storm conditions. This meeting will be rescheduled.

This is a long but insightful discussion stating that you should
not talk to the police whether you are innocent or not. It will
almost always cause you problems and could send you to jail even
if you are totally innocent. The speakers give real examples of
the problems. You will get to tell your story in court if you
are arrested. Worth the time to watch. I did not most of what
they said.