As of the 0930 hours National Hurricane Center update, Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated. The National Weather Service forecasts 3-5” of rainfall near SE Florida coast, with much higher amounts possible in some areas beginning late tonight through Monday with a marginal risk of tornado formation.
The Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) EOC remains activated to Level 3-Monitoring, and has been participating in National Weather Service and Florida Division of Emergency Management daily conference calls. Level 3-Monitoring will continue through Monday. The County Warning Point and Duty Officer will continue monitoring the weather and any flooding that may occur. The potential for localized flooding is the chief concern at this time, with tides running one and a half feet above normal. No shelters are being opened at this time.
There will be no changes to county operations for Saturday, August 29, 2015. County Offices will be open on Monday. The 15th District Courts and Clerk and Comptroller will be closed on Monday. There will be no court events other than Gun Club which will be open and functioning for First Appearance. First Appearance will also take place this weekend as scheduled. The School District of Palm Beach County will make any decisions regarding closures on Sunday.
If you find yourself in a flooded area, please adhere to the following:
- Stay on firm ground. Do not try to walk across moving water more than 6 inches deep; even 6 inches of rapidly running water can sweep you off your feet.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground if possible.
- Never attempt to move a stalled vehicle in flood conditions. It can be fatal.
- Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines.
- Do not allow children to play in and around ditches or canals
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