Tropical Storm Nate update

TROPICAL STORM NATE UPDATE - FRIDAY EVENING - OCTOBER 6

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for our area.

TROPICAL STORM NATE UPDATE - FRIDAY AFTERNOON - OCTOBER 6

From the Douglas County Communications department

Tropical Storm Nate UpdateWe are currently monitoring and receiving updates through our team from the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency led by Director Jason Milhollin on any impact to the community.

A briefing was held this morning with the National Weather Service and what’s important to note is that Tropical Storm Nate’s track could impact a portion of northern Georgia including the Atlanta metro area early Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Potential impacts from the storm are heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and isolated tornadoes.

Hazards will most likely include:

●Tropical Storm Force Wind Gusts from 40-50 mph.
●A few tornadoes possible in the outer rain bands.
●Increased chances for Power Outages along and NW of I-85.

The rain estimates in far north Georgia have increased up to 6 inches (in the north Georgia Mountains).

Please continue to monitor for further updates on the web site and Douglas County Happenings on Facebook.

The Douglas County Government is working to monitor Tropical Storm Nate as it approaches the Gulf Coast area and how it could impact the area this weekend.  Various departments and local agencies are communicating to ensure its citizens are aware of any potential impact.

The DC Emergency Management Agency is monitoring and making sure everyone is aware of the situation.   The Board of Commissioners and the DCEMA would like to advise citizens and stake holders to take the necessary steps for likely impact Sunday into Monday with tropical storm force wind gusts from 40-50 mph in the north Georgia area.

During Tropical Storm Irma, the Douglas County E-911 Center was opened and various internal departments gathered and prepared for any down trees and power outages impacting the community.  Though Douglas County citizens were spared from severe weather impact, the BOC would like to encourage all of its citizens to be prepared.

At a recent Community Emergency Response training class, DC EMA Director, Jason Milhollin encouraged citizens taking the class to always have basic emergency preparedness kits and plans for each member of their family.

For more information on emergency preparedness you can visit www.ready.ga.gov and www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

THE FOLLOWING WAS A STATEMENT SENT AT 2:36 PM ON FRIDAY ABOUT TROPICAL STORM NATE FROM THE CARROLL COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:

The National Weather Service (NWS) held a Special Weather Briefing today in reference to Tropical Storm Nate.  Tropical Storm Nate is currently a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and a minimum pressure of 996 mb, moving NNW at 14 mph.  The storm is forecast to make landfall between Biloxi Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama Saturday night as a Category 1 Hurricane based on the current track.
 
This landfall location is a slight adjustment to the east from yesterday’s forecast and there is also a sharp turn to the east once the storm makes landfall which has increased the possible impacts to our area.
 
This track of the storm with this forecast does indicate the following hazards for our area:

  • 30 mph sustained winds
  • Up to 50 mph Wind Gusts
  • 3 to 6 inches of rain possible
  • Tornadoes within the outer rain bands as early as Saturday night through Sunday night

The earliest time of arrival for our area is early Sunday morning with the most likely time of arrival in our area late Sunday morning.  We can expect impacts to our area Sunday morning through Monday morning.   

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