FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 7, 2020
TROPICAL STORM ETA UPDATE #4
GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR SELECT COUNTIES; TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED
DAVIE, Fla., - Due to the growing threat from Tropical Storm Eta, Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for eight southern Florida counties including Broward County.
With rain and wind anticipated to increase through Sunday, the Town of Davie is urging residents to finalize preparations. Residents are reminded not to focus on the exact forecast track of the storm since strong winds and heavy rainfall extend well away from the center. The Town of Davie’s resident hotline, 954-797-1122, is now activated and will be updated continuously to provide information to our residents.
At the 4 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center placed portions of South Florida under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. The maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible through Sunday night, and Eta could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Florida.
Some of the effects anticipated from Eta over the next several days are:
- Heavy rain and strong winds are expected.
- Tropical Storm conditions could begin as early as Saturday evening and could persist through Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
- Flooding is a concern given saturated soil across portions of the area. A Flood Watch is in effect for Southeast Florida
- Rainfall could approach 5”- 8” through Monday, November 9, 2020, and 8” to 10” through Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
- Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
- Beach erosion and dangerous rip currents are expected along the East Coast.
- The forecast storm track is highly uncertain and specific impacts are subject to change.
Avoid Flood Dangers
- Do not walk through, swim or allow children to play in standing water. Puddles and standing water are full of hidden dangers, including snakes and other wildlife, broken glass, and other sharp objects.
- Do not drive through standing water. Your car engine may stall, potentially causing irreparable damage to the engine. The wake from your car may cause additional flooding in nearby homes and other structures. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
There are multiple ways to register and stay informed about important information from the Town of Davie before, during, and after an emergency event:
The Town of Davie is committed to ensuring the safety of all persons and we are calling on you to prepare with us. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator
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