NOVEMBER 7, 2020
TROPICAL STORM ETA UPDATE #3
SOUTH FLORIDA PLACED UNDER A TROPICAL STORM WATCH
Davie, Fla., - The Town of Davie Emergency Management officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Eta. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Broward County. This means tropical-storm-force winds are possible somewhere within this area within the next 48 hours.
As the storm continues to strengthen with a maximum sustained wind of 60 mph, the storm is currently moving to the northeast at 17 mph. While South Florida remains in the cone of uncertainty, it is important to not focus on the exact track of Eta. Impacts will extend well beyond the cone away from the center.
Some of the effects anticipated from Eta over the next several days are:
- Heavy rain and strong winds are expected.
- Tropical Storm conditions could begin as early as Saturday evening and could persist through Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
- Flooding is a concern given saturated soil across portions of the area. A Flood Watch is in effect for Southeast Florida
- Rainfall could approach 5”- 8” through Monday, November 9, 2020, and 8” to 10” through Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
- Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
- Beach erosion and dangerous rip currents are expected along the East Coast.
- The forecast storm track is highly uncertain and specific impacts are subject to change.
Landscaping and Solid/Bulk Waste
Residents should refrain from cutting trees or doing additional landscaping projects until after this storm passes. Solid/commingled and recyclable materials should be properly secured in a safe, sheltered location.
Secure garbage (green) and recycling (beige) cart indoors or in a garage or patio to prevent carts from being blown away, lost or damaged during strong winds or heavy rains.
Curbside garbage and recycling services will continue to be provided as long as weather conditions permit.
Residents are advised to bring inside any items that can hold standing water, to prevent mosquito breeding after rainfall dissipates.
South Florida Water Management District:
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Eta and preparing the water management system for potential rainfall. Based on current forecasts, they are proactively lowering canals to pre-storm levels to allow the flood control system to operate at full capacity if needed.
Across South Florida, SFWMD is taking actions to utilize water management infrastructure and reduce potential flooding including:
- Lowering SFWMD canals based on forecasts;
- Staffing pump stations and control rooms to manage water;
- Coordinating response with local governments and drainage districts;
- Monitoring and adjusting flood protection gates and pumps in response to the forecast and rainfall; and
- Preparing to use projects and infrastructure to store excess stormwater.
Avoid Flood Dangers
- Do not walk through, swim or allow children to play in standing water. Puddles and standing water are full of hidden dangers, including snakes and other wildlife, broken glass, and other sharp objects.
- Do not drive through standing water. Your car engine may stall, potentially causing irreparable damage to the engine. The wake from your car may cause additional flooding in nearby homes and other structures. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
The Town will not be distributing sandbags.
Due to the potential for tropical-storm-force winds, contractors should secure loose items or equipment that could become projectiles or be damaged by high winds.
There are multiple ways to register and stay informed about important information from the Town of Davie before, during, and after an emergency event:
- The Town’s recorded resident information hotline, 954-797-1122, is now activated and will be updated periodically with pertinent information for Davie residents.
The Town of Davie is committed to ensuring the safety of all persons and we are calling on you to prepare with us. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator
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