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Local Information related to Hurricane Ian

This page will be updated when additional information is received related to Hurricane Ian. Last updated 9/29/22 9 am

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Seminole:

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla.- City of Treasure Island officials, Treasure Island Fire  
Rescue and Treasure Island Police are currently conducting damage assessments  
around Treasure Island. No major damage reported. 

– Mandatory evacuations have been lifted. 
– Bridges are open and residents can return to the island. 
– City offices will have a soft open Friday, but won’t return to full  
operations until Monday, Oct. 3. 
– Garbage pickup will begin Friday, Sept. 30. 
– Treat intersections with malfunctioning traffic signals at a four-way stop. 
– Beware of low-hanging wires and debris in the roadway. 

We are thankful to all our staff and emergency personnel for all their hard  
work in keeping everyone informed and safe. 

Please keep our friends to our south in your thoughts. They are going to need  
a lot of help and support. 



Latest incident developments Pinellas County

• Mandatory evacuation orders for Pinellas County lifted for all evacuation zones, mobile home communities and residential health care facilities effective 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Residents who evacuated due to the hurricane threat may return home using caution.

• County crews and first responders are proactively conducting damage assessments and response as needed.

• Any traffic intersections with inoperable traffic lights should be treated like a four-way stop.

• Hazardous conditions may still exist. Downed trees and power lines have been reported across the county. Plan for extra travel time as operations return to normal and be mindful of crews on the road.  

• Residents and travelers may report road and traffic issues on storm.pinellascounty.org using the See Click Fix link, and any residential damage using the “Report Damages to Your Home” link. 

Storm impacts

• Approximately 185,500 Duke customers have reported power outages as of today at 7 a.m. 

• All drinking water services to Pinellas County Utilities customers remain functional and no boil water notices have been issued.

• A number of downed utility/electric wires and trees have been reported throughout the county, affecting some roads, utility/power lines and property. 

Pinellas County response/action

• Public Works and other County crews are currently conducting damage assessments on county roads and intersections.

• The County Information Center will remain open until 5 p.m. Call 727-464-4333. Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the County Information Center via online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat.

Advice & Information for Residents

• Always assume any downed power lines are live. Do not touch them. Call or text your utility to report them immediately. 

• If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.

• Never drive, walk or swim through standing flood water. Know that flood waters have hidden dangers, such as hazardous bacteria, dangerous wildlife and submerged objects that could entangle a person, leading to drowning. 

• If your home or business has flooded, before you clean up, watch the following video to understand how to document flood damage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAAtqAIKY2I. Visit https://www.floodsmart.gov/start to understand how to start a flood insurance claim.

• Get updates on Hurricane Ian recovery efforts by visiting www.pinellascounty.org, Facebook @PinellasCountyNews and Twitter @PinellasCoNews.

• Keep generators in well-ventilated locations outside, away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Do not operate during high winds and rain.

• Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.

• Place generators so the exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building. 

• ·Do not connect your portable generator to your home’s circuits.

• Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.

• Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.


Pinellas Update: Residents strongly urged to shelter in place by midnight
tonight. As major hurricane approaches, residents should be making final preparations
immediately

Latest storm/incident developments
– Pinellas County remains under a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning for Hurricane Ian. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline and Tampa Bay.
– Hurricane Ian is expected to reach the Tampa Bay area as a strong hurricane. Residents should plan for the possibility of winds greater than 110 mph. Tornadoes are also possible. There’s still some uncertainty with the track, size and intensity of the storm, but Pinellas County will see very significant impacts.
– Rainfall totals of 8 to 15 inches are expected through Friday. Low-lying areas of Pinellas County are expected to flood. Flooding is different from storm surge!

Pinellas County response/action
– Pinellas County is urging residents to shelter in place by no later than midnight tonight. Tropical force winds are expected to arrive by early Wednesday and may create hazardous driving conditions.
– Pinellas County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Evacuation Zones A, B, and C, including all mobile homes. Residents who need to go to a public shelter can find locations at http://storm.pinellascounty.org.
– Anyone in these zones who hasn’t evacuated yet should do so immediately. Once sustained winds have reached 40 mph, emergency responders will stay off the roads and not be able to respond to most calls.
– The County also has ordered mandatory evacuations of all health care facilities in Zones A, B and C. Those evacuations should be complete or nearing completion.
– The Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 1 full 24/7 activation.
– The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has limited access to the barrier islands for inbound traffic and will not allow access until after the storm.
– Public Works has lowered Lake Seminole and Taylor Lake and is pumping water from Brooker Creek. The Southwest Water Management District has lowered Tarpon Lake.

Advice & Information for Residents
– If you are evacuating, do so immediately. Public shelters could fill up, or you may not be able to get there.
1 Before leaving home:
o    Gather valuables and important papers. This will help with an insurance
claim if your house suffers damage.
o    Turn off all utilities (water, electricity, gas) at main switches.
o    Lock windows and doors, use protective coverings if available.
o    Bring in outdoor items that may become projectiles in high winds.
o    Fill gas tanks.
o    Advise friends or relatives of where you are going.
o    Monitor the travel time to your destination to leave plenty of time to
arrive before the storm impacts.
    

Specific Warning for Tarpon Woods Area
– At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the water level of Brooker Creek was 10.8 feet at USGS Gage 02307359. Roadway flooding will occur when the gage exceeds 12.0 feet.
– Heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Ian is expected. National Hurricane Center is projecting several feet of storm surge in the area as well. The rainfall and storm surge coupled with high tides about 7 p.m. Wednesday night and 6 a.m. Thursday morning will likely cause extensive flooding in the area.
– Public Works staff pre-staged pumps in anticipation of flooding. However, pumping will not be effective with the projected storm surge.
– Make sure to have your emergency plan in place. To prepare your home: move or elevate valuable items; place insurance documents in an easily accessible, waterproof location; and turn off power and gas. You may monitor the gage at on.doi.gov/3eus9z3.

Shelters
– Pinellas County has opened 25 shelters throughout the county. Locations and capacity status can be found at http://storm.pinellascounty.org. Special needs and pet-friendly shelters can be located by using the dropdown menu.
– Residents with special needs who require transportation can sign up by calling the County Information Center at (727) 464-4333. Transportation will end at 9:00pm tonight.
– Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has waived fares during the storm. Pets will be permitted on evacuation buses as long as they are in a pet carrier. The latest information on PSTA bus service can be obtained by calling the InfoLine at 727-540-1900 or by visiting at https://psta.net/riding-psta/weather-alert. Service will end at 7:00pm tonight.
– Rideshare service Uber has also announced free rides to and from public shelters up to $30 each way for those evacuating the storm. Enter code IANRELIEF and select the shelter where you are going.


Pinellas: Effective 6 p.m. today, all residents in Evacuation Zone A (including all mobile home residents) will be under mandatory evacuation orders. Mandatory orders for evacuation zones B and C will be effective tomorrow morning at 7 a.m


Pinellas deputies will be restricting access to the Pinellas County barrier islands starting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in preparation for Hurricane Ian. Only residents or citizens with legitimate business will be allowed access. The restricted access will continue until the storm passes the Pinellas County area.

Cities/Communities where access is restricted to barrier islands:

Belleair Beach
Belleair Shore
Clearwater
Dunedin Causeway/ Honeymoon Island
Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Shores
Madeira Beach
North Redington Beach
Redington Beach
Redington Shores
St. Pete Beach
Tierra Verde
Treasure Island

The following citizens will have access to barrier islands:

Residents
Property Owners
Business Owners
Business Employees
Contractors

In order to gain access to the barrier islands, citizens must provide their
Barrier Island Re-Entry Permit or photo ID and reasonable proof that they
reside or have legitimate business on the barrier islands. Examples of this
include:

Vehicle registration
Property tax or utility bill
Proof of employment (pay stub, work ID, uniform) Work orders

Additional law enforcement resources will be patrolling all of the mandatory
evacuation areas to ensure public safety and protect property during this
event. This includes the Pinellas County barrier island communities.

Updates will be provided when there are changes to the barrier island
restrictions.


Pinellas County officials provided an update on Hurricane Ian today at 10am

D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

Pinellas County

Pinellas Update: Special needs and some general population shelters to open late Monday, visitors encouraged to evacuate Ian poses storm surge and wind damage threat to Pinellas residents

Latest storm/incident developments

Special needs shelters and two general population shelters will open Monday afternoon. Additional sheltering and evacuation plans will be announced Monday at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Emergency Operations Center.
Visitors are encouraged to proactively evacuate as precautionary measure.

Pinellas County response/action

  • Special Needs Evacuation
    Special needs shelters will open Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Residents with
    special needs who require transportation to a safe location until the storm
    threat passes can still sign up by calling the County Information Center at
    727-464-4333.
  • Emergency shelters
    Residents should finalize their sheltering plans soon, whether it is in their
    non-evacuation zone home, in a hotel, or with a friend or family member.
    Two general populations shelters will open Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. for
    those needing emergency shelter:
    o Ross Norton Recreation Center (1426 S M.L.K. Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756)
    o Lealman Exchange (5175 45th St N, St. Petersburg)
    Additional shelters will open Tuesday morning. More details will be provided
    at the press conference.

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Saturday declared a State of Local Emergency for Tropical Storm Ian. Effective for seven days, the declaration gives County Administrator Barry A. Burton authority to quickly approve expenditures and issue special orders to ensure public safety if needed.


Sandbag distribution locations will open Sunday and Monday for unincorporated Pinellas residents to prepare for potential flooding from increased rainfall, which could occur from Tropical Storm Ian as it approaches Florida next week.

Sandbag distribution locations open Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or as supplies last:
o    John Chesnut Sr. Park: 2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor
o    Walsingham Park: 12615 102nd Ave, Seminole
o    Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St N, St. Petersburg

    Sandbags limited to 20 per person – materials will be supplied, shovels available

John Chesnut and Walsingham Park will be closed Sunday and Monday except for sandbag operations. City residents can check with their cities about other sandbag availability.

Sandbags are only recommended for residents who may experience minor flooding from rainfall. Sandbags are not recommended for storm surge from the bay or tidal waters.

County Information Center now open for calls County remains in five-day cone for Tropical Storm Ian

The County Information Center is open today, Sept. 24, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to answer preparedness questions about Tropical Storm Ian. Call 727-464-4333.

Residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact the County Information Center via online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat

Latest storm developments Tropical Depression #9 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Ian by the National Hurricane Center. Pinellas County remains in the five-day cone of uncertainty.

Pinellas County response/action Pinellas County is monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Ian. Web updates to be posted online at www.pinellascounty.org, on Facebook @PinellasCountyNews and Twitter @PinellasCoNews

Advice & information for residents

Stay informed:
Sign up for Alert Pinellas at www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas and download the new Ready Pinellas app in the App Store or Google Play store for real-time storm updates. Monitor local news media, National Weather Service, www.pinellascounty.org,
Facebook @PinellasCountyNews and Twitter @PinellasCoNews Review tips and planning tools in the 2022 All Hazards Preparedness Guide online at www.pinellascounty.org/emergency

Pinellas County updated evacuation zones for the 2022 hurricane season. Check your evacuation zone one of the following ways:
Visit storm.pinellascounty.org
Download the Ready Pinellas app
Call 727-453-3150 from a landline; enter 10-digit home phone number

Review disaster plans:

Purchase necessary items to complete survival kit now
Prepare kit and gather important papers
Review checklist online at www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/prepareahead.htm
Download a registration form for pet shelters now by visiting
www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/petpreparedness

Inspect and clear your gutters and nearby storm drain inlets of debris to help prevent flooding


Pinellas County Schools

  To support readiness at sites designated as special needs shelters, the following schools will release students early at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26: Palm Harbor University High School, Dunedin Highland Middle School and John Hopkins Middle School. All other schools and offices will be open on Monday, Sept. 26. with regular operating hours. All Pinellas County Schools and offices will be CLOSED Tuesday, Sept. 27, Wednesday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Sept. 29 AND Friday, Sept. 30. All meetings, sports and extracurricular activities will also be canceled during that time.* 

Pinellas County Schools will communicate updates on the district’s weather page  www.pcsb.org/weather  and social media including  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


St. Petersburg:

Sandbags will be available Monday, 8a.m. to sundown, and Tuesday 8a.m. until
weather conditions permit, to city residents at the following city locations:

Lake Maggiore Park – 3601 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S.- prefilled bags 
Mangrove Bay Golf Course –  875 62nd Avenue NE – prefilled bags 
Northwest Pool –  2331 60th Street N .- prefilled bags 
Azalea Park – 1600 72nd St N. – self-serve only 
Lake Vista Park – 1401 62nd Ave S. – Tennis Court Parking Lot – self-serve only 

Residents should provide proof of St. Petersburg residency and will be limited to 10 sandbags.

Self serve on 9/25 and city workers expected to be on hand on 9/26 to assist

Dunedin:

Sandbags Available in City of Dunedin, Florida Starting Sunday

National Hurricane Center has placed Pinellas County in the five-day cone of
uncertainty for the approach of Tropical Storm Ian.

Sandbags will be available in the City of Dunedin at the Highlander Pool
parking lot, 903 Michigan Blvd, beginning Sunday, September 25, from 8 am – 6
pm. The sandbag site is opened to City of Dunedin residents and business
owners with proof of residency: driver’s license or recent utility bill. There
is a limit of 15 bags per resident or business owner. Sand, sandbags and
shovels are available at the site. Assistance will be provided for those with
special needs.

Tips on how to properly fill and stack your sandbags
    Fill bags one-half to two-thirds of the way full
    Over-filled bags will result in a leaky sandbag wall
    Stack sandbags so that the seams between the bags are staggered
    Tuck the top of each bag under to ensure that that bag is sealed by its own weight

This self-serve sandbag site will remain open until weather conditions begin
to deteriorate.

Please call the Public Services Division at 727-298-3232 or 727-298-3233 for
further information.

National Hurricane Center has placed Pinellas County in the five-day cone of uncertainty for the approach of Tropical Depression #9

City of Largo:

https://www.largo.com/emergency_preparedness/index.php

City of Clearwater:

As the city of Clearwater continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Ian, preparations are under way to help residents as well. Sand and bags will be available Sunday at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, located at 2450 Drew St. City workers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist those residents who need it. After that, as long as supplies last, sand will be available to fill bags on your own.

This will be a self-service location, so please bring your own shovel. Do not overfill bags. Fill sand bags 1/2 to 2/3 full and tie at the top so bags will lay flat when put in place. Overfilled bags and bags tied too low leave gaps in a sandbag stack. The city’s storm water team wants to remind residents that sandbags do not protect people and property from storm surge. Be sure to know your evacuation zone, and stay on top of emergency information.

You can sign up for Alert Pinellas for emergency alerts by text, phone, and/or email: https://pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas.

City of Pinellas Park:

Sandbag Sites Will Open 9/25 and Sandbags Will Be Available for Pinellas Park
Residents

The City of Pinellas Park will open multiple self-service sandbag sites for residents only. Residents can get up to 10 sandbags each. Residents must show a water bill and/or valid driver’s license indicating they are a resident of Pinellas Park in order to receive their sandbags. Staff will be onsite to assist. Pick up location and times are below:

Where:
Helen Howarth Park: 6401 94th Ave N. Pinellas Park, FL –
Sunday (9/25) hours 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Monday (9/26) hours 9:00 am – 7:00
pm

Pinebrook Park: 7202 118th Ave N. Pinellas Park, FL –
Sunday (9/25) hours 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Monday (9/26) hours 9:00 am – 7:00
pm

Broderick Park: 6101 66th Ave N. Pinellas Park, FL –
Sunday hours (9/25) 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Monday (9/26) hours 9:00 am – 7:00
pm

As of now, there is no change to normal trash service on Tuesday for Pinellas
Park residents.



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