Florida: State of emergency declared in Pensacola due to Hurricane Sally

Florida: State of Emergency Declared in Pensacola Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson declared a state of emergency over Hurricane Sally. The...

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  • Florida: State of Emergency Declared in Pensacola
  • Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson declared a state of emergency over Hurricane Sally.
  • The phenomenon is expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain to the area.

Mayor Grover Robinson said Monday morning during a news conference that he will issue a state of emergency for Pensacola, Florida, as Hurricane Sally approaches, reports Pensacola News Journal.

The city ​​prepares for the impact of the still storm.

“We could have significant rains,” Robinson said. “I don’t have to remind you of April 2014 when we had more than 20 inches of rain.”

“People in the Pensacola area don’t really need to focus on the category, because the main impacts will not be so much wind-related, but historically significant rainfall, possible flooding, and a storm surge threat, which is not totally related to storm surge. hurricane force, ”said Don Shepherd, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama.

Hurricane Sally is expected to bring “historically significant” rains to the Pensacola area beginning Monday night through Wednesday, and forecasters say it could bring even more impacts to northwest Florida.

In April 2014, the Pensacola area received more than 24 inches of rain in 24 hours, and Sally threatens to dump a large amount of rain in a short period of one to two days, bringing the area’s stormwater infrastructure to its knees. limit.

City teams have already been organizing preparations to get the stormwater drains and ponds ready for the massive amount of water expected, the mayor said.

“We expect to have significantly better drainage coverage than we had in 2014,” Robinson said. “And even in 2014, we had drainage coverage that rivals most communities. I mean, most communities are not prepared to deal with 10 to 11 inches of storm, but we have been able to do that.

Obviously, as we start to move to 18-24 inches, that’s where we start to have some concern. “

Hurricane Sally Florida: State of Emergency in Pensacola

Hurricane Sally Florida: State of Emergency in Pensacola. Photo ShutterStock

Hurricane Sally Florida: State of Emergency in Pensacola

The coastal areas of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties can expect to see 10 to 20 inches of rain Monday through Wednesday, with localized amounts higher.

Tornadoes are also possible starting Monday night and running through Wednesday.

Beginning Monday morning, the area can expect tropical storm-force gusts but no sustained winds, though that could upgrade to hurricane-force gusts later in the day.

Storm surge totals are also likely to increase from 2 to 4 feet to possibly more, bringing with it the possibility of flooding.

Hurricane Sally will make landfall this morning, order evacuations / Hurricane Sally Forida

Hurricane Sally Florida: State of Emergency in Pensacola. AP Photo

Schools in Escambia and Santa Rosa County are closed Monday due to the impacts.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, the official forecast from the National Hurricane Center indicated 10 to 15 inches of rain for most of Escambia County, while for the southernmost areas of the county, it was possible for 15 to 15 inches to fall. 20 inches of rain.

During the high tide on Monday morning, the city was already experiencing flooding due to rising water levels.

Seawater rose through storm drains near Admiral Mason Park on Ninth Avenue during the 8 a.m. high tide, Robinson said.

The city is likely to close roads in areas that experience flooding during storms such as DeVillers and Main Street and 17th Avenue near the Graffiti Bridge.

Hurricane Sally Florida: State of Emergency in Pensacola

“Our police officers, while on patrol, will go through areas that we know have historically had flood problems, and they will update public works if they need to get out and do something,” Robinson said. “Obviously, if we get to a point where the wind increases enough, we can’t get out. We will have to leave as soon as it goes out. “

Rained on wet

Pensacola is already under a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson said he plans to meet with hospital officials Monday afternoon to discuss the current status of the virus in the community.

Robinson said the city is focused on preparing for and responding to Hurricane Sally and that more information about the city’s response to COVID-19 will follow the storm.

Robinson has previously said that he would like to repeal the city’s mask mandate when daily hospitalizations are less than 75 people. As of Monday, the number was below 73.

Hurricane Sally Florida: State of Emergency in Pensacola

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