CURRENT SITUATION: At 5 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Fay was located inland in South Florida about 60 miles south-southwest of Melbourne moving toward the north-northeast at 8 mph.
A gradual turn to the north with a decrease in forward speed is anticipated on Wednesday. This track should bring Fay over water near the east coast of north Florida during the next 24 to 36 hours. Maximum winds are near 65 mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect along the east coast of Florida from north of Jupiter to Flagler Beach, including Lake Okeechobee.
COUNTY ACTIONS: St. Lucie County Emergency Management continues to monitor this situation and is participating in conference calls with Florida Department of Emergency Management and the National Hurricane Center.
All St. Lucie County Department Directors are making preparations for Fay per the County's Hurricane Manual.
All St. Lucie County schools and school activities have been canceled for Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Indian River State College campuses and Florida Atlantic University campuses will resume normal hours on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The Council on Aging offices and bus operations for Community Transit and Treasure Coast Connector will resume normal operations on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
All St. Lucie County offices, including Courts, Health Department, Clerk of the Courts, Supervisor of Elections, Sheriff, Property Appraisers and Tax Collector, will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, Aug. 20 Both the City of Fort Pierce and City of Port St. Lucie offices will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Residents are advised to stay off the roads Tuesday evening, as many roadways are experiencing standing water and flooding.
St. Lucie County Road Closures: Walton Road from Village Green Drive to U.S. 1, Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie: Airoso Boulevard at Thornhill Drive Airoso Boulevard at Eyerly Avenue Thornhill Drive at Fairfield Street Thornhill Drive Burlington Street Crosstown Parkway at California Boulevard Chicopee Street at Axtell Avenue Chicopee Street at Bartle Avenue Mariposa Avenue at U.S. Highway 1 Lennard Road from Mariposa to Jennings Road Tiffany Avenue east of U.S. Highway 1
Most major intersections in Port St. Lucie have officers to help with traffic. If the lights are down, motorists are reminded to treat all intersections like a four-way stop.
Fort Pierce - As of 7:50 p.m. the following roads are closed in the City of Fort Pierce:
Virginia Avenue: U.S. 1 west to 25th Street Virginia Avenue: South 33rd Street east to U.S. 1 25th Street: Okeechobee Road south to Virginia Avenue Oleander Avenue: El Rancho Avenue north to Virginia Avenue 33rd Street: Delaware Avenue south to Okeechobee Road
Any St. Lucie County resident needing shelter due to flooding should call the Emergency Operations Center at (772) 462-2745 for assistance.
Based on continued flooding of roads throughout St. Lucie County, Community Transit/Treasure Coast Connector will maintain regular office hours on Wednesday, Aug. 20, but suspend bus operations until roads clear. Staff will contact medical passengers to coordinate appointments for later in the week.
St. Lucie County's Emergency Operation Center's Rumor Control Hotline will be open this evening at (772) 462-2745.
RECOMMENDED PUBLIC ACTIONS: Continue to monitor the media closely and adhere to recommended public protection actions. Residents are advised to review their family communications and emergency plan and to finalize their Hurricane Preparedness Kits. For more information about hurricane preparation, visit the St. Lucie County Extension's 2008 Personal Hurricane Preparedness Guide, which is available on the Hurricane House web-site located at: http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu/com_dev_hurricane_house.html Residents are advised to stay at home Tuesday evening and avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary.