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Hurricane Idalia Situation Report #1

Storm Highlights:

· Idalia is now a Tropical Storm and is located 60 miles west of Charleston, SC:

o The maximum sustained winds are 65mph and the storm is moving northeast at 21mph.

o Current warnings in the affected areas are available at PBS Warning, Alert and Response Network.

o A generally eastward motion is forecast to begin on Thursday and continue through Saturday.

o On the forecast track, the center of Idalia will move near or along the coast of South Carolina through tonight, and then just offshore of the coast of North Carolina on Thursday. Idalia will then move eastward over the western Atlantic into the weekend.

o Some additional weakening is forecast through tonight, but Idalia is expected to remain a tropical storm while it moves near the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

o Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) from the center.


Florida Highlights:

· 94 emergency shelters were opened Statewide and as of this morning they had a population of 4,907 people.

· The American Red Cross has deployed more than 400 disaster responders to support Florida.

· A total of 72 medical facilities were evacuated in Florida prior to landfall. At least 10 of these facilities suffered damage.

· If you need assistance locating a loved one or relative who is missing due to Hurricane Idalia, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (2767).

· Power Outages, Infrastructure and Transportation Status:

o As of 6pm ET a total of 250,000 customers were without power.

o There are currently no fuel shortages being reported.

o A total of 10 ports and waterways were closed in Florida prior to landfall.

o Sunrail service has been suspended.

· The focus of the State Emergency Response Team over the next 72 hours is to search, secure and stabilize.

· The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully activated, and a State of Emergency order is now in effect.

· The Seminole Tribe of Florida EOC is fully activated, and a State of Emergency declaration is in effect.

· The Red Incident Support Team and six Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces have been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the State.


Georgia Highlights:

· A total of 10 shelters are open Statewide.

· At least 192,000 customers are without power.

· Two ports were closed prior to the storm’s arrival.

· The State EOC is fully activated, and a State of Emergency order is now in effect.

· One type 1 USAR Task Force is staging in Atlanta to support Georgia.


Federal Response Highlights:

· Over 1,500 Federal employees have been deployed to support response activities.

· The National Response Coordination Center is activated 24 hours a day.

· The FEMA Region 4 Response Coordination Center (RRCC) is activated to Level 2 (Dayshift only) with all Federal Emergency Support Functions activated.

· Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT):

o The National Blue IMAT has been deployed to the Florida State EOC.

o The National Gold IMAT has been deployed to Tampa.

o The Region 4 IMAT has been deployed to the Florida State EOC.

o The Region 8 IMAT is staging at the Region 4 RRCC.

· The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared a Public Health Emergency for the affected states.

· HHS has also deployed 68 medical providers and disaster management professionals to Florida to address the potential health impacts of Hurricane Idalia. This includes 32 members of the National Disaster Medical System.


Sources:

· FEMA Daily Operations Briefing, August 30th

· FEMA, Federal and Non-Governmental Partners Respond to Hurricane Idalia

· FEMA Twitter Page

· FEMA Region 4 Twitter Page

· National Hurricane Center Idalia Website

· National Hurricane Center Twitter Page

· ASPR Twitter Page

· Florida Division of Emergency Management Twitter Page

· Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Twitter Page

· Crag Fugate Twitter Page



Resources


Power Outage US Website


National VOAD Monetary Donations Guidance



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