[9/2/2016, 11:30 AM] From Polk County Emergency Management:
Tropical Storm Hermine (now downgraded from hurricane status) will move across Georgia and toward South Carolina into this afternoon. A trailing outer rain band will move across Central Florida through the afternoon. Expect wind gusts, occasional lightning strikes, and heavy downpours in passing squalls.
Are you experiencing electric outages (but still able to access the internet via your smartphone)? This map shows the current outages in the 258-square-mile Lakeland Electric service area. To see more details about an outage, click on the red icon associated with that outage.
Polk County Fire Rescue is offering sandbag fill locations throughout Polk County from 8 am to 8 pm at these fill sites.
You may download the Sandbag Information document on where to place sandbags from Polk County Emergency Management here.
Polk County Public Schools Update
Public schools and district offices in Polk County are scheduled to operate as normal on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. All outdoor sports (including JV football) and outdoor activities scheduled will be operating on-schedule, as of 11:30 am, 9/2.
If any decision is made to close schools due to severe weather conditions, Polk County Public Schools will communicate using the automated telephone calling system for parents and guardians, as well as the district's website and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter). Local media will also be notified.
Tropical Depression 9 Has Been Upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine
[9/1/2016, 8:30 AM] From Polk County Emergency Management:
Tropical Storm Hermine is identified in the attached imagery –NASA IR GULF- with a yellow circle) The center of Tropical Storm Hermine was located near latitude 26.4 North, longitude 86.6 West. Hermine is moving toward the north-northeast near 12 mph, and this motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Hermine will be near the Florida coast in the warning area tonight or early Friday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is anticipated, and Hermine is expected to be a hurricane by the time landfall occurs. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane was 996 mb.
[8/31/2016, 3:30 PM] From Polk County Emergency Management:
The system has strengthened into a tropical storm. The center of Tropical Storm Hermine was located near latitude 24.7 North, longitude 88.0 West. Hermine appears to be drifting northward near 2 mph.
A north-northeastward motion is expected later today, and a turn toward the northeast with increasing forward speed is expected on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Hermine will approach the northwest Florida coast in the warning area on Thursday afternoon.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and Hermine could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles mainly to the southeast of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb.
[8/30/2016] From Polk County Emergency Management: Significant rainfall is expected in Polk County as Tropical Depression No. 9 nears Florida's west coast in the coming days. Portions of the county will receive 4 to 6 inches of rain, while the eastern portions of the county are expected to receive slightly lower amounts in the 2- to 4-inch range during the coming days as the storm approaches and crosses the state.
The center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 24.0 North, longitude 87.2 West. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected later today, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest tonight.
A turn toward the north-northeast is expected on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of the depression will continue to move slowly away from western Cuba, and move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the next 48 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm today. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb. Polk County Emergency Management EOC will continually monitor the progress of TD 9 and will notify of changes, if necessary.