Operation: Stormwatch

Operation: Stormwatch

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Escambia County Hurricane Ida Update

As Hurricane Ida continues on its projected path towards the Louisiana coast, residents are encouraged to continue to closely monitor official weather services for information regarding the storm.

The latest forecast from that National Hurricane Center has Hurricane Ida expected to make landfall in the southeast or south central coast of Louisiana by Sunday night. While the current forecast track is west of the area, any slight shift of the cone could have significant impacts, so it is important to pay attention to forecast updates over the next several days as tropical storm and hurricane conditions remain possible. A local risk for rip currents will increase this weekend with a high risk on Sunday through early next week. More information on the flag system is available online here.

Residents are reminded to follow official sources for storm information such as National Weather ServiceNational Hurricane CenterEscambia County Emergency Management and City of Pensacola.

“While our area is currently out of Hurricane Ida’s cone, we are going to continue to monitor the storm for any movement in our direction." said Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore. On Hurricane Ida’s projected path, we should still expect wind gusts and 4-6 inches of rain.”

Escambia County Emergency Management is closely monitoring this system. Residents are urged to do the same by monitoring our local media for the most up-to-date forecasts several times a day.

Residents are encouraged to prepare their disaster kits now, which should include seven days of food and water supplies for after the storm arrives. Residents are also encouraged to fuel all vehicles and generators, and prepare all medications needed by family and pets. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time. Remember, this year's disaster kit might need to look a little different if you're planning to go to a shelter—make sure to include face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.

Sand is available now at the following locations:

  • Baars Field Athletic Park - 13001 Sorrento Road, Pensacola
  • Brent Athletic Park - 4711 N. W St., Pensacola
  • Don Sutton Park - 2320 Crabtree Church Road, Molino
  • Equestrian Center - 7750 Mobile Highway, Pensacola
  • Escambia County Road Department - 601 Highway 297-A, Pensacola 
  • Ferry Pass Middle School - 8355 Yancey Lane, Pensacola, sand will be on the northwest corner of school property on Parazine Street
  • John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Park - 555 E. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola
  • Travis M. Nelson Park - 4541 County Road 4, Pensacola 

The sand is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents must bring their own sandbags and shovels to one of the following locations.View map of sand locations here.

Follow These Tips to Prepare for a Storm

  • Know Your Zone – Go to BeReadyEscambia.com to find out which evacuation zone you are in. Sign up for alerts on BeReadyEscambia.com
  • Know Your Home – Is it newly built – possibly rated for a hurricane? Your safest place may be at home rather than a shelter due to COVID-19.
  • Know Your Plan – plan ahead to stay with loved ones, friends or stay at a hotel away from the area, especially if your home was damaged from Hurricane Sally or you live along coastal areas.

Follow these tips to stay safe during severe weather:

  • Pay extra attention to local weather reports until the storm has moved through the area. Be sure to keep your weather radio on and your cell phone charged to ensure you can receive weather alerts. 
  • With the possibility of high winds, it is recommended that any lightweight outside furniture or equipment be secured.
  • Organizations with planned outside activities during this period need to be weather aware and take the appropriate actions.
  • In the event of a Tornado Warning, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or building. Stay away from windows.
  • Turn around, don't drown: In the event of a roadway covered by water, do not attempt to drive over the flooded road. Water depth may be misleading, and you could end up stranded or trapped.

For the latest information on severe weather impacting Escambia County, residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts on myescambia.com, like Escambia County Emergency Management on Facebook and follow @BeReadyEscambia on Twitter.

Stay informed with these additional local resources:

Lifeguards walking on the beach

Photo: Getty Images

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