FEMA steps up/ NWS Ascesses

By: Skyepony , 6:16 PM GMT on February 03, 2007

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LADY LAKE, Fla. This morning's news

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Good news on the FEMA front! Declerations all signed by the presedent. Ice, comfort stations, MRE's, generators, grants, loans, clean up funds & etc are now available.

The assistance, to be coordinated by FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organization on a cost-sharing basis in Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance. In addition, federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Paulison named Jesse Munoz as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Munoz said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are complete.

The Agency said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.




I'm in total awe of how the clean up machine is running here. We've had alot of practice... To see the best of 2004 still out there like Craig Fugate, teamed up with the replacements of what once, was FEMA trash, openly discussioning it all with the seasoned Sen Nelson & our still slightly shocked but responding Gov Crist~ you get a sense that these people know the voters want someone that's gonna pull together in a disaster, quickly.

Media wise, the FEMA news was on at noon but hasn't hit the wires! Sadly media in my opinion fell on it's face this morning with many stories of former FEMA director Michael Brown, talking about these tornados, though there's a shocking side...He was in Volusia about to speak with our county emergancy preparedness people. He's doing this for a living now!


A few ways to help, don't drive in the areas affected & give blood or money.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
615 PM EST SAT FEB 3 2007

...THE LATEST FIELD REPORT FROM BOTH THE LAKE COUNTY AND VOLUSIA
COUNTY SURVEY TEAMS REGARDING YESTERDAYS KILLER TORNADO EVENT...

...DAMAGE SURVEYS NOW INDICATE THAT AT LEAST THREE TORNADOES ARE
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION...

A PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY CONTINUES IN BOTH LAKE AND VOLUSIA
COUNTIES WHERE EXPERT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS ARE
ASSESSING THE DEVASTATION. THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE LAKE COUNTY
TEAM IS THAT THE TORNADO WHICH RIPPED THROUGH THE VILLAGES AND LADY
LAKE WAS HIGH END EF-3 WITH WINDS OF 155 TO 160 MPH. THE FIRST OF
THREE TORNADOES INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN IN SUMTER COUNTY NEAR
WILDWOOD AND THE VILLAGES AND THEN CROSSED OVER INTO LAKE COUNTY TO
STRIKE LADY LAKE WHERE THE FIRST EVENT FATALITIES OCCURRED.
CURRENTLY...THERE ARE 7 KNOWN FATALITIES IN THE LADY LAKE AREA.

THE VILLAGES/LADY LAKE TORNADO...TORNADO NUMBER 1...HAS BEEN
CLASSIFIED AS AN EF-3 TORNADO WHICH CAUSED DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES
WHERE MOST WALLS COLLAPSED EXCEPT FOR THEIR INTERIOR ROOMS...AS WELL
AS LARGE TREES BECAME DEBARKED WITH ONLY THE STUBS OF THE LARGEST
BRANCHES REMAINING. MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THIS
TORNADO WAS ONE-QUARTER MILE WIDE DURING ITS MOST FIERCE MOMENTS.
THE TORNADO LIFTED EAST OF LADY LAKE WITH AN APPROXIMATE PATH LENGTH
OF ABOUT 15 MILES. THE TORNADO STRUCK LADY LAKE AT 320 AM.
AGAIN...7 KNOWN FATALITIES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TORNADO.

THE LAKE MACK/DELAND TORNADO...TORNADO NUMBER 2...WAS ALSO HIGH END
EF-3 WITH WINDS OF 160 TO 165 MPH. IT WAS ALSO ONE-QUARTER MILE
WIDE. IT RESULTED IN COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF MOBILE HOMES...AND
CAUSED LARGE TREES TO BECOME DEBARKED. THE ESTIMATED TORNADO WINDS
NEAR LAKE MACK PEAKED AT 165 MPH WHICH RESULTED IN 10
FATALITIES...AND 150 TO 155 MPH WINDS AT FOREST DRIVE AND STATE ROAD
44 WHICH RESULTED IN 3 MORE FATALITIES. A TOTAL OF 13 KNOWN
FATALITIES OCCURRED WITH THIS DEADLY TORNADO. THE TORNADO CONTINUED
ACROSS THE COUNTY LINE NEAR HONTOON ISLAND...CROSSING INTO VOLUSIA
COUNTY...AND STRIKING DELAND AS A HIGH END EF-2 TORNADO WITH WINDS
OF 130 TO 135 MPH AS REPORTED BY THE VOLUSIA COUNTY TEAM. IT WAS
ONE-EIGHTH MILE WIDE AND LIFTED EAST OF INTERSTATE 4 NEAR THE
VOLUSIA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. THE PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 22
MILES. THE TORNADO STRUCK LAKE MACK AT 348 AM AND DELAND AT 402 AM.

THE NEW SMYRNA BEACH/PONCE INLET TORNADO...TORNADO NUMBER THREE...
HAS BEEN INITIALLY RATED AS AN EF-1 TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 100 TO 105
MPH. THE TORNADO UPLIFTED ROOFS ON MANY STRUCTURES...CAUSING A
SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF ROOFING MATERIAL...THE COLLAPSE OF CHIMNEYS...
AND COLLAPSING GARAGE DOORS. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE OCCURRED TO PORCHES
AND CAR PORTS. THIS TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF INTERSTATE 95
NORTH OF HIGHWAY 44 IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH AND MOVED THROUGH PONCE
INLET. THE PATH LENGTH IS ABOUT 5 MILES. THE TORNADO STRUCK PONCE
INLET AT 427 AM.

THIS STATEMENT IS ONLY AN INITIAL REPORTING FROM THE SURVEY TEAMS.
IN THE COMING DAYS...CONSIDERABLE EFFORT WILL BE INVESTED TO ENSURE
THAT THIS HISTORICAL EVENT IS ACCURATELY DOCUMENTED.

A WORD ABOUT THE NEW ENHANCED FUJITA (EF) TORNADO SCALE...THE
EF-SCALE WAS DEVELOPED TO BETTER ASSESS WIND SPEEDS ASSOCIATED WITH
A WIDE VARIETY OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE...FROM SINGLE-WIDE MOBILE HOMES
TO INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS TO FRAMED ONE OR TWO FAMILY HOMES...AND MANY
MORE. THIS SCALE IS CONSIDERED A DAMAGE SCALE...WHEREAS THE
TRADITIONAL FUJITA SCALE (F-SCALE) WAS MORE OF A WIND SPEED SCALE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEW EF-SCALE...PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING
WEBSITE:

HTTP://WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV/FSCALE

$$

DWS/NWS MELBOURNE FL


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NHC Tropical Disscusion

Local text Products
Local Forecast Graphics.

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Local Hazards
..........Wind & Sea Threat.......................Rip Current...................Fire weather..........Excessive Cold


Credit~NWS More East Central FL Graphical Hazard maps are available there.
Local NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

South East graphics.
Watching the low temps




Scattered fast moving showers continue, as well as the below climo temps through Monday afternoon. Monday night should be cold, freezing & below toward the N is possible.

Then drier but cold air hangs til thurs.

Main short term hazards are sea & fire.




Surfers & Surge
cool wave watch graphic.
NOAA Wave Watch III
Storm surge threat model...Always wondered if or how vulnerable your or friend's place would be to surge? Covers Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie & Martin Counties.


Radar/Satellite/Microwave
Melbourne NEXRAD Radar
NOAA Satellite Services ~ I like the RGB by day, rainbow at night with some Water Vapor thrown in once in a while.
Navy site~good to keep up with invests

Models~
Local Meso Model (well it covers most the state)~ lots of informative blue bars, each a different model, above it to click on too. Forecasts weather for the nexr 24 hrs.
FSU Model page
Shear loop .
Comparing different models shear, steering & percipitation loops.

Click to make maps bigger.

STEERING CURRENTS


HAZARDS




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Southern Hemisphere
new~98S~ 15kts 1006mb
97S 15kts 1006mb
11PNoname~ 30kts 1000mb up 3mb in pressure
95S 25kts 1002mb even less organized
Dora 70kts 972mb shear takes a bite




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ENSO make another slight move toward Neutral~ as expected...

elninometer



I couldn't get the ENSO update in PDF, powerpoint worked.

Interesting, refuring to the ESPI ~ rain over equator area of the Pacific~ anomalisly low as well as the lack of persistant clouds leading the high latitudes like the USA, to be feeling hardly any effects, since it isn't affeting our circulation patterns much....now a weak El Ni�o.

A quickning & now a majority to the model forecasts, neutral conditions begin during March-May.

+.3 in region 1&2. +.7 in 3&4.

The # that counts is region 3&4, the # +.7 & that gives the principal (now) #. Neutral has got to come from the average of 3 months before it's offical. So offically it most likely would be atleast March for it to be offical.

I think we very well may see neutral conditions (principal~ "now") well before June. Sometime in Febuary wouldn't suprise me. Monday is the next update...I expect to see more of a drop this coming week.

The ESPI took a dive now -.17 for the last 30 days... signals a cold side of neutral ENSO is on it'a way.



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14. Raysfan70
10:59 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
{{Skye}}

Have a Marvelous Monday!
Colts Win!!
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13. AllyBama
4:45 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
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Yes Skye..it's Monday and time for more happy graphics!..hope you have a great day!...
BTW agree with you - just a splash of blue would be nice!
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12. Skyepony
3:52 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
& can't they put just a little bit of blue on this forecast for the year...somewhere???? Just to make us feel like we might not fry?

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11. Skyepony
3:49 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
Temps
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10. Skyepony
3:47 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
hmmm stormy yet dry..

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9. Skyepony
3:45 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
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8. Skyepony
3:43 AM GMT on February 05, 2007
Looking around..again.
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7. Skyepony
5:08 PM GMT on February 04, 2007
Good morning everyone:)

Love~ what a beautiful pic to start my late day, Thank You...

LowerCal~ That's what I understand & remember. That guy had a lot of forethought for this state. Even in 2004~ FL was nailed 4 times in a few months. FEMA was just as worthless as in 2005 but plans had long been in place about shelters, emergancy operations, funding, utilizing the gaurds, state funding & etc. As a govenor you say go on the plan & consentrate on calming the folks & looking good.

I don't know if it was Sen Nelson's idea but there is this sudden new thing where they are all getting together & discussing things openly on the news. Hadn't seen Nelson much on the storm scene before, don't think I ever saw him next to Gov Bush. He opened with there won't be anymore more of this partison stuff right Gov Crist? That was good & he "spoke" abit especially the 1st day, for the shell shocked Crist, who instead of talking aid, comfort, clean up & plans, was a broken tape of increadiable, looks like a bomb went off.

I can't help but obseve these guys, especially on the disaster scene...lol.
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6. Lovethetropics
8:11 AM GMT on February 04, 2007
Good morning SkyePony!! Wake up, it's Sunday!!
Have a wonderful day!!

Visit The Artist's Website!

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5. LowerCal
8:09 AM GMT on February 04, 2007
Lawton Chiles, he was well loved.

I remember him as "The Walking Senator". I saw him in a parade in Gainesville in the early 80's. A US Senator and he walked the whole route, smiling and waving, by himself (no pack of beefy guys in dark suits wearing sunglasses). Hard not to love a guy like that. So, FL's great emergency response is his legacy that benefits the citizens of FL and succeeding governors. Thanks Skye.
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4. Skyepony
4:50 AM GMT on February 04, 2007
Thanks everyone, just posted the updated damage version. Sounds like a tough day in the field for the local NWS guys. Saw a few on the news today.

Bush really wasn't the backbone of FL emergency responce. Gov. "Walkin" Lawton Chiles was, he pushed for the fore thought to plan to work together & put it in law. He defeated incumbent Governor Bob Martinez in 1990 to become Florida Governor. In 1994 he defeated Jeb Bush in his re-election campaign to win a second term. Governor Chiles passed away in office on December 12, 1998. He never lost an election in 40 years of public service. This was FL's great govenor..
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3. mermaidlaw
10:23 PM GMT on February 03, 2007
Great blog SKYE!
I too am very glad to see how our new Govenor is handling things.
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2. LowerCal
9:58 PM GMT on February 03, 2007
I was concerned about how Florida's emergency response might change after Jeb Bush left office. I'm relieved to hear it hasn't suffered.
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1. ryang
6:21 PM GMT on February 03, 2007
Nice Blog Skye.
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