Flagler County’s emergency and public health officials are preparing for an unprecedented battle on two fronts, with reconfigured shelters and rules but the same stress on compliance with evacuation orders if and when they’re issued, regardless of Covid-19 fears.
Weather and Climate
Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said last week his agency is redeveloping plans about evacuations and shelters, while also adding facemasks to the state’s stockpile of storm supplies.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center extended its tornado watch to include all of Flagler County, including Palm Coast, Putnam and Marion counties until 11 a.m. A wind advisory is in effect until 4 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Flagler County, including areas of Palm Coast, St. Johns and Putnam counties through 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Much-needed rain and some thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, with rain totals of up to 1.5 inches in the Flagler-Palm Coast region, according to the National Weather Service.
Flagler and Palm Coast areas will be exposed to potentially severe storms, strong winds and “isolated” tornadoes between 10 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. Friday. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph.
The most widespread, persistent heavy rainfall will overspread the local area Saturday night through Sunday night, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville cautions, with most areas expected to get 2 to 4 inches of rain.
The National Weather Service this afternoon confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in West Flagler early this morning (Dec. 14) and cut a 20-mile path northeast to Flagler Beach then offshore.
The National Weather Service Sunday morning issued a coastal flooding warning for Palm Coast and Flagler County east of I-95 and the entirety of the barrier island, including Flagler Beach.
Typically one of Florida’s wettest months of the year, this September was drier on average, according to data collected by the St. Johns River Water Management District, and drought conditions are developing in north Florida, with Baker County experiencing severe drought.