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Two Hurricanes to hit the Gulf of Mexico at the same time this week

NEW ORLEANS (LA): As Gulf States prepare to experience not one Hurricane but two in the coming days, the Coast Guard is adjusting port conditions, pre-staging response assets, and urging safety precautions in the Gulf Coast region due to a forecast of two tropical systems expected to impact the Gulf Coast this week.

Tropical Storm Marco is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon and Tropical Storm Laura is expected to make landfall Thursday. The Coast Guard is asking communities to monitor your local weather services to stay updated on any potential changes of the two storms.

“We highly encourage people to stay off the water, be prepared and stay informed” said Petty Officer 1st Class Amelia Chutchins, District Eight command center, operations unit controller. “We haven’t seen two storms in the gulf in about 60 years and they are both expected to make landfall this week, as of right now. Our crews are doing everything they can to prepare and are pre-staging response assets to be able respond to emergencies as rapidly and safely as possible once the storms pass.”

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There has never been a storm system where two hurricanes hit land in the same area within days and states along the impact zone are already getting a head start on preparations for the worst.

Mandatory evacuations are already happening in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Governor Edwards said “there may not be much of a window” for rescuers or power restoration crews to respond to victims between the two storms.” Let alone the big concern is the storm surge from the powerful system, as the National Hurricane Center is warning of Life Threatening Storm Surge and Hurricane Force Winds along most of the gulf states.

The NHC issued a storm surge warning for coastal cities from Morgan City, Louisiana, east to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

“A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours,” the hurricane center said.

Marco is expected to bring a storm surge height of 4 to 6 feet for Biloxi, Mississippi, and Grand Isle, Louisiana.

The Coast Guard is reminding the public of these important safety messages:

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• Stay off the water. Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly and our ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of a storm. Be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings.
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• Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Mooring lines should be doubled in case of high winds. Boats that can be trailered should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources to be diverted and may put first responders in harm’s way to ensure people are not in distress.
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• Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.
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• Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

• For more information on hurricane preparedness visit Ready.Gov and NOAA websites, as well as following them on Twitter.

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Friday nights storm leaves many without electric and more destructive damage

It was just Tuesday morning when Tropical Storm Isaias swept through Delaware and made history when a tornado touched down in Kent County and traveled 29.2 miles into New Castle County.

WILMINGTON (DE): The tornado wreaked havoc tearing down trees, billboards, poles, and even toppled vehicles on Route 1 in Townsend. Many homes and businesses were destroyed by the impact of the storm including flooding that occured in many areas of the state.

Now, after all we’ve been through, Delawareans faced yet another devastating storm Friday night, and according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Mount Holly, NJ, they are assessing the storms damage Saturday morning.

The NWS could not confirm whether another tornado touched down Friday night when the effects of the storm could be felt in Greenville, Hockessin, and parts of North Wilmington like Claymont. Those areas saw more than three inches of rain and flooding that occurred all over the county.


Just after 5:30 p.m. Friday night the NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning alert when 60 mph wind gusts were detected over portions of Kennett Square, Pa. The alert was quickly upgraded to a tornado and flood warning within minutes.

 

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The Delaware Environmental Observatory System near Greenville say four inches of rain fell within thirty minutes in Greenville. As a result of Friday nights storm, Delmarva Power says they are currently responding to outages impacting more than 8,000 customers in New Castle County and the surrounding area.

The city of Wilmington took a beating from the storm as well. “Parts of our City got hit hard during Friday’s storm. Many are without power and there is damage in various areas.,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Haynes Park is CLOSED as it is currently a dangerous area due to many downed trees. We are doing our best to ensure that everything gets cleaned up and that everyone is safe.”

 

Purzycki spent Saturday morning surveying damage in various parts of the City from one of the most severe and sudden storms to develop over Wilmington in recent memory.

PHOTO| Mayor Mike Purzycki (left) is accompanied by Wilmington Police on a tour of Brandywine Hills in the aftermath of Friday’s storm.

There are downed trees and wires, which is making walking and driving hazardous in the northern part of the City.

PHOTO| Downed trees in Haynes Park in northwest Wilmington.

“Delmarva is working to restore power to residents in a number of neighborhoods as quickly as possible. Haynes Park, off Miller Road near the Home Depot, was one of the hardest hit areas with many trees knocked down and damaged. The park is closed and residents are asked not to get near the park to survey the damage.,” Purzycki said.

“Obviously we’ve had devastation throughout the City,” said the Mayor. “We are going to do our very best to ensure that everybody is safe and that we pick up after this terrible storm and get things back to normal again.”

On the northeast side of the city, Firefighters were called to assist people trapped in flood waters at 12th & Bowers Street. There were no injuries reported in the rescues.

PHOTO VIA WFD| Wilmington Fire Department respond to 12th & Bowers Streets in Wilmington in response to motorists trapped in flood waters. Officials say there were no injuries.

Sunday morning Delmarva responded with updates stating that crews were continuing their assessment of the storm and that they are continuing to respond to outages impacting fewer than 5,000 customers in New Castle County. Company officials say that they have already responded to more than 8,000 power outages in New Castle County.

Friday’s extreme weather in the New Castle County area knocked out power to about 14,000 customers.

“Based on current damage assessments, Delmarva Power expects to restore service for all customers by 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. However, most customers should have their service restored before then.,” said Delmarva spokesman Jake Sneeden. “Following further damage assessments throughout the day, we expect to provide updated restoration times for each outage based on the number of customers affected.”

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