Hurricane Matthew Local Statement 20161006 1615

FYI – This Statement is for anyone with specific interest South and East of Macon, GA

Additionally Paulding/Metro Atlanta Area advised little to no impacts associated with this system. Be mindful that winds will be gusty Friday night and Saturday, 25 MPH gusts at times.

HURRICANE MATTHEW LOCAL STATEMENT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 34A
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA AL142016
415 PM EDT THU OCT 6 2016

THIS PRODUCT COVERS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA

...DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW APPROACHING THE GEORGIA COAST ON
FRIDAY...

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR
EMANUEL...TREUTLEN...WHEELER...MONTGOMERY AND TOOMBS

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
EMANUEL...TREUTLEN...WHEELER...MONTGOMERY AND TOOMBS

* STORM INFORMATION:
- ABOUT 660 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ATLANTA GA OR ABOUT 580 MILES
SOUTHEAST OF MACON GA OR ABOUT 510 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF
VIDALIA GA
- 25.7N 78.4W
- STORM INTENSITY 140 MPH
- MOVEMENT NORTHWEST OR 325 DEGREES AT 14 MPH

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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DANGEROUS MAJOR HURRICANE MATTHEW IS EXPECTED TO TRACK ALONG THE
EASTERN FLORIDA COAST TONIGHT AND FRIDAY... THEN MOVE ALONG THE
GEORGIA COAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY. AS THE STRONG
HURRICANE APPROACHES THE GEORGIA COAST EARLY ON FRIDAY... TROPICAL
STORM FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO SPREAD INLAND AND COULD BRING
WIND GUSTS OF 40 TO 55 MPH IN AND AROUND THE TROPICAL STORM
WARNING AREA FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY. ALL INTERESTS
ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEAST GEORGIA... ESPECIALLY ALONG AND EAST OF
A JORDAN TO SWAINSBORO LINE SHOULD PREPARE FOR HAZARDOUS WINDS
FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THERE IS ALSO A HEAVY RAIN THREAT OVER
THIS SAME AREA... WITH 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL EXPECTED AND
ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE THROUGH SATURDAY. THESE RAINFALL
AMOUNTS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LIFE THREATENING FLASH
FLOODING... ESPECIALLY ALONG FLOOD PRONE CREEKS AND RIVERS.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
PREPARE FOR HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS
NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE:
- DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, SHEDS, AND UNANCHORED
MOBILE HOMES. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BLOWN ABOUT.
- MANY LARGE TREE LIMBS BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE
SHALLOW ROOTED. SOME FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER.
- A FEW ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM DEBRIS, PARTICULARLY WITHIN URBAN
OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ON
BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS.
- SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES.

* FLOODING RAIN:
LITTLE TO NO IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME
ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

* TORNADOES:
LITTLE TO NO IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME
ACROSS NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS: NONE.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

NOW IS THE TIME TO BRING TO COMPLETION ALL PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN.

OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE WRAPPED UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE
WEATHER CONDITIONS COMPLETELY DETERIORATE. ANY REMAINING EVACUATIONS
AND RELOCATIONS SHOULD BE EXPEDITED BEFORE THE ONSET OF TROPICAL
STORM FORCE WIND.

IF YOU ARE RELOCATING TO SAFE SHELTER, LEAVE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. IF
HEADING TO A COMMUNITY SHELTER, BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SHELTER
RULES BEFORE ARRIVAL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS OR OWN A
PET. TAKE ESSENTIAL ITEMS WITH YOU FROM YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT.
CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST BEFORE DEPARTING.

FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SHELTER MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR LOSS OF
LIFE. ALWAYS HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ANY
ORDERS THAT ARE ISSUED. REMEMBER, DURING THE STORM 9 1 1 EMERGENCY
SERVICES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY RESPOND IF CONDITIONS ARE
UNSAFE. THIS SHOULD BE A BIG FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION MAKING.

CHECK-IN WITH YOUR EMERGENCY POINTS OF CONTACT AMONG FAMILY, FRIENDS,
AND WORKMATES. INFORM THEM OF YOUR STATUS AND WELL-BEING. LET THEM
KNOW HOW YOU INTEND TO RIDE OUT THE STORM AND WHEN YOU PLAN TO
CHECK-IN AGAIN.

KEEP CELL PHONES WELL CHARGED AND HANDY. ALSO, CELL PHONE CHARGERS
FOR AUTOMOBILES CAN BE HELPFUL AFTER THE STORM. LOCATE YOUR CHARGERS
AND KEEP THEM WITH YOUR CELL PHONE.

IN EMERGENCIES IT IS BEST TO REMAIN CALM. STAY INFORMED AND FOCUSED
ON THE SITUATION AT HAND. EXERCISE PATIENCE WITH THOSE YOU ENCOUNTER.
BE A GOOD SAMARITAN AND HELPFUL TO OTHERS.

IF RELOCATING TO A NEARBY SHELTER OR TO THE HOME OF A FAMILY MEMBER
OR FRIEND, DRIVE WITH EXTRA CAUTION, ESPECIALLY ON SECONDARY ROADS.
REMEMBER, MANY BRIDGES AND CAUSEWAYS WILL BE CLOSED ONCE HIGHER WINDS
ARRIVE. ALSO, IF YOU ENCOUNTER WATER COVERING THE ROAD, SEEK AN
ALTERNATE ROUTE. ALWAYS OBEY OFFICIAL ROAD SIGNS FOR CLOSURES AND
DETOURS.

IF YOU ARE A VISITOR AND STILL IN THE AREA, LISTEN FOR THE NAME OF
THE CITY OR TOWN IN WHICH YOU ARE STAYING WITHIN LOCAL NEWS UPDATES.
BE SURE YOU KNOW THE NAME OF THE COUNTY OR PARISH IN WHICH IT
RESIDES. PAY ATTENTION FOR INSTRUCTIONS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR
OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. BE READY TO ADAPT TO POSSIBLE CHANGES TO
THE FORECAST.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV
- FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG

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