Brevard County Emergency Officials Urge Residents To Prepare For Tropical Storm Colin
By Space Coast Daily // June 6, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County emergency management officials urge residents to prepare their homes today for the impacts of Tropical Storm Colin, which is moving rapidly from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to Florida’s northwest coast.
The storm was upgraded late Sunday to Tropical Storm Colin from a Tropical Depression 3, and Brevard County Emergency Management staff is actively monitoring the storm and its associated threats.
Brevard County will begin feeling its effects Monday morning, with the greatest threat for tornadoes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The primary impact will be rainfall, with three to five inches expected on Monday. Some locations may receive twice as much rain. Localized flooding is possible. Residents should stay in place as severe weather arrives.
According to the National Weather Service- Melbourne, this could be the local impact:
● The majority of the significant weather will occur to the east of the center/track, affecting central Florida. Residents should not overly focus on the exact track because the storm will affect a widespread area.
● Heavy rainfall will be the primary threat, with the most widespread coverage and greatest accumulations beginning early Monday, continuing well into the evening.
● There will be an increased risk for tornadoes across all of east central Florida, with the threat spreading rapidly north through the area Monday morning into the evening. Multiple, brief tornadoes may occur. Storm motion will be fast, and these situations often provide minimal lead time for tornado warnings.
● Sustained winds will not pose a concern; however, winds will become gusty Monday through the overnight hours. Gusts in heavier squalls could reach 40 to 50 mph briefly in some areas.
ABOVE VIDEO: Longtime Central Florida Meteorologist and Space Coast Daily corespondent Danny Treanor offers some advice on how to prepare for the upcoming 2016 hurricane season.
Hurricane Season 2016 began June 1 and runs to Nov. 30. Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said the season is already active, which emphasizes the need for residents to be prepared and to have a plan in place to protect themselves and their families.
“Know your risks, have a plan, make a kit and stay informed,” Prosser said.
“Pay close attention to the weather over the next couple of days especially, but it’s always important to know what to do if an emergency occurs.”
Residents are encouraged to stay informed. Brevard County Emergency Management is active on social media, providing information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county.
Residents can follow “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or subscribe to text messages by texting FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to telephone number 40404.
Residents can also register their cell phone numbers with the CodeRed Emergency Notification Service. The notification system is able to pinpoint whom to notify of an emergency based on addresses entered into the system, or by an area that is selected on a map.
Those who don’t have computers or internet access can call 866-484-3264 to register their information.
ABOVE VIDEO: Longtime Central Florida Meteorologist and Space Coast Daily corespondent Danny Treanor offers some advice, in part 2, on how to prepare for the upcoming 2016 hurricane season.