A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the coastal-portion of Charlotte north to Hillsborough County and all of Pinellas County – note this Watch does not extend inland into the City of North Port.
From the National Hurricane Center:
At 11:00 a.m. EDT, the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near the western tip of Cuba. The storm is moving toward the north near 10 mph. A northward or north-northeastward motion is expected today, followed by a turn to the northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is expected to move near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon, track across the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Monday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the watch area Monday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast until the system reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night.
Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 140 miles mainly to the east of the center.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 7 inches over the next 7 days may be experienced in our area. Heavy rains will begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region into the southeastern United States on Sunday and continue into the middle of next week as Alberto moves northward after landfall.
WIND: In our area, wind speeds will be steady in the teens, with gusts to the mid-20s roughly from 9:00 p.m. tonight to 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, then again Monday morning into the afternoon. To reiterate the wind message, no tropical storm-strength winds are currently forecast for the City.
TORNADOES: A tornado or two may occur over the Florida Keys and parts of southwestern Florida late this afternoon through tonight.
At this time, neither evacuations, nor hurricane evacuation centers are being opened.
Public Works is closely monitoring the height of the Myakkahatchee Creek and is adjusting water control structure gates as necessary. If high water is identified, field personnel should notify Pubic Works for placement of high water/road closure signs.
The message to City staff and the public is to drive cautiously, but not through water-covered streets; monitor your weather alert radios, and take appropriate measures if severe weather is encountered.
Emergency Management will continue to participate in National Weather Service conference calls throughout the weekend and post additional briefings as conditions warrant.
On a daily basis, our Social Services Division assists North Port residents who are experiencing a hardship. Some are only one paycheck away from a crisis. If you know someone who needs assistance, let them know about the City's Division. They offer screenings on Mondays in their office at the Family Service Center on Pan American Boulevard. http://ow.ly/1asI30jV6u9
City staff continues to monitor the weather and our 80 miles of waterways this Memorial Day weekend. Upwards of 7-inches of rain is expected over the next few days. Due to the extensive work the last couple of years by our Public Works Department, the capacity of our waterways has increased significantly. Based on the projections, the current levels of the waterways and the constant monitoring of the gates, there currently isn’t any projected impact to structures from rain this weekend. There may be roadways which could have some water depending on the speed of the rains, but we should be in good shape for all structures.
It is not believed that there is a need for sand or sandbags in North Port this time. However, Sarasota County is making sand available at three locations across our area.
Newtown Estates Park, 2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota
Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota
South County Fleet Facility, 4571 State Road 776 (Englewood Road), Venice
City Emergency Officials will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary.
Thanks for the pre-game to a rainy weekend. Linda and Sonny Calderone cooked dinner for C Division. They made an Italian feast consisting of homemade spaghetti meatballs, sausage, bread, salad, iced tea, and cupcakes. And it was good! What a great community we get to protect and serve! Thank you!