Make final preparations for Hurricane Isaias

July 31, 2020 – Flagler County is making its final preparations for Hurricane Isaias and is asking residents to do the same as the storm makes its way to the east coast of Florida.

“Impacts to Flagler County will likely include tropical storm force winds – primarily east of I-95 – and some potential for storm surge that will primarily include flooding on properties that back up to the Intracoastal Waterway and the canals and waterways that run to the east of it,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “We may see related tropical storm and storm surge watches, and/or warnings, from the National Weather Service as early as this evening.”

Based on the current forecast, Flagler County can expect to start seeing tropical storm force winds as early as Saturday night, but more likely starting Sunday morning and lasting until Monday morning.

“The flooding, which may be similar to what we experienced with Hurricane Dorian, may begin as early as Sunday’s first high tide at 1 a.m., but more likely by the second high tide around 1 p.m.,” Lord said. “Due to this flooding potential, Flagler County, Flagler Beach, and Palm Coast have sand and sandbags – and assistance – available again tomorrow.”

Sand and bags will be available at the following locations:

  • Flagler Technical College – 5633 N. Oceanshore Blvd., The Hammock – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church – 915 N. Central Ave., Flagler Beach – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 and just north of Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

All residents should be prepared to shelter in place at home while Isaias passes by or through our community.

“Additionally, residents in Hurricane Evacuation Zone A, the barrier island, and those residents in Hurricane Evacuation Zone B, specifically those that live along the Intracoastal Waterway should be prepared to evacuate Saturday afternoon, should the situation change,” Lord said. “When deciding where you may evacuate too, we encourage your primary option to be with friends, family or hotels and motels outside of Hurricane Evacuations Zones A and B. However, if we do order an evacuation we will open a shelter for those that are unable to make alternative arrangements.”

In light of COVID-19, Flagler County and its emergency preparedness partners have taken additional steps to protect residents that may be unable to make alternative arrangements and need to seek public shelter in the event of an evacuation order. Shelters will have separate areas for those who know they have COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Additionally, all evacuees will be required to wear face coverings and undergo entry and daily temperature screenings. Shelter capacities and movement within the shelter will be more restrictive than in previous years.

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