UPDATE: Topical Storm Watch has been lifted
A tropical storm watch and storm surge watch have been issued for Pinellas County. Heavy rainfall anticipated. Please plan accordingly and stay safe. We will continue to share updates as available. You can also monitor the local news.
With Tropical Storm Michael strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico, Pinellas County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the storm. Because the county is on the east side of the system, a tropical storm watch has been issued for Pinellas County, with the possibility of heavy rains and above normal tides impacting coastal residents and communities prone to flooding during high tide.
As the storm strengthens, tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive in Pinellas County as early as Tuesday evening, bringing intermittent heavy rains with the storm’s bands. On Wednesday, as the storm moves north, gusty winds up to 35 miles per hour are expected with continued showers. Tides could reach 2 to 4 feet during high tide on Wednesday evening into Thursday, which could cause localized street flooding in flood-prone areas from the lower end of the county all the way north. If the storm strengthens or shifts east, impacts to the area could increase.
Now is the time to begin tracking the system and stay tuned to local media for the latest on the storm’s progress. Some important tips to follow during this time include:
- Review your family’s disaster plan.
- Get your survival kit and important papers ready. Purchase any items you will need to complete your survival kit now to avoid long lines and limited supplies.
- If you have special needs, be sure you or your caregiver begin to implement your plan.
The Town of Redington Shores has sandbags and sand available to our residents. The sand is located in the back corner of the lot directly behind town hall and the bags will be at the east entrance of the building. Please bring your own shovels for filling the bags.
Be sure to secure outdoor property including lawn furniture, grills, trash cans, etc or bring them indoors.
While there is no guarantee how much this storm will impact Redington Shores, it is important that you monitor the situation carefully and ensure your plans are in place now. We will share updates as available on the website and our Facebook page.
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