WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #4 – 1100 – 09/07/17

SITUATION: As of 1100 EDT, Hurricane Irma was located about 75 miles east-northeast of Pureto Plata, Dominican Republic and about 120 miles southeast of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Irma is still moving west-northwest at approximately 16 miles per hour, has maximum sustained winds of 175 MPH, still making it a dangerous Category 5 hurricane. The minimum central pressure is 27.20″, which is extremely low. Hurricane Irma now holds the record as the hurricane that has held Category 5 intensity for the longest.

Hurricane Watches and a Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for much of the coastline of Cuba. Hurricane Warnings are now in effect for all of the Bahamas. New for the current advisory are the following watches: A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the Florida peninsula from Jupiter Inlet southward and around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the Florida peninsula from Jupiter Inlet southward and around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay. This includes Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties.  At this time there are no watches or warnings for any counties in the West Central Florida Section but that could change sometimes soon, particularly in the inland counties.  The inland counties are the mostly likely to be impacted, with the current forecast track.

The forecast track in basically unchanged since yesterday. Irma is expected to continue its west-northwest track going around the southern periphery of the mid Atlantic ridge of high pressure. Once it reaches the southwestern side of the high, Irma is forecast to turn northwest, then north and toward Florida in response to a trough of low pressure coming out of the continental United States heading towards Florida, which will erode the mid Atlantic high pressure ridge slightly. The center of the track is forecast to move over the eastern coastline of the Florida peninsula. However, pay attention to the cone of uncertainty.  Now covers most of the state of Florida, except the panhandle.

Hurricane Irma Forecast Discussion: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT1+shtml/061448.shtml

Hurricane Irma Graphical Forecast Track: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/145453.shtml?cone#contents

ACTIONS:  At this time, Highlands, Hillsborough and Polk Counties have either opened shelters or in the process of preparing to open shelters and the ARES groups in these counties have been asked to provide communications support for these operations. Other counties in the West Central Florida Section are considering shelter operations. Therefore in support of these activations or planned activations, West Central Florida Section ARES remains at a Level 2 activation to provide any needed support for these activations, either current or planned. All ARES, ACS, and CERT personnel are requested to continue to closely monitor the National Hurricane Center latest advisories on Hurricane Irma and to be in communications with their respective leadership in case their assistance with communications support is needed.

The Section Manager and the Section Emergency Coordinator will be participating in two conference calls this evening.  One with ARRL HQ, the other Florida, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands Section Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators, and Florida Divsion of Emergency Management.  The second call with the Section ARES Emergency Coordinators.  If necessary, another special session of the WCF Section ARES Net will be held on the NI4CE Repeater System.  There are plans being made to use SARNet for a state wide net to coordinate mutual aid and relief between various county EOC’s and the State EOC.

The next WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN for Hurricane Irma will be issued tomorrow at 1100 EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.

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WCF SPECIAL BULLETIN #3 – 1100 EDT – 9/05/17

HURRICANE IRMA – BRIEFING #1 – 1100 EDT – 9/05/17

SITUATION:  As of 1100 EDT, Hurricane Irma was located about 140 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Irma is still moving west-northwest at approximately 14 miles per hour, has maximum sustained winds of 185 MPH, making it a dangerous Category 5 hurricane. The minimum central pressure is 27.11″, which is extremely low. Hurricane Watches are already in effect for much of the coastline of Cuba and the central Bahamas and Hurricane Warnings are in effect for the lower Bahamas.

Irma is expected to continue its west-northwest track going around the southern periphery of the mid Atlantic ridge of high pressure. Once it reaches the southwestern side of the high, Irma is forecast to turn northwest, then north and toward Florida in response to a trough of low pressure coming out of the continental United States heading towards Florida, which will erode the mid Atlantic high pressure ridge slightly. The two National Hurricane Center forecast tracks have shifted the forecast track of Irma east each time. Now the center of the track is forecast to move over the eastern coastline of the Florida peninsula. However, pay attention to the cone of uncertainty as it still covers much of southern and central Florida.

Hurricane Irma Forecast Discussion: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT1+shtml/061448.shtml

Hurricane Irma Graphical Forecast Track: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/145453.shtml?cone#contents

ACTIONS:  At this time, Highlands, Hillsborough and Polk Counties have either opened shelters or in the process of preparing to open shelters and the ARES groups in these counties have been asked to provide communications support for these operations.  Other counties in the West Central Florida Section are considering shelter operations.  Therefore in support of these activations or planned activations, West Central Florida Section ARES is going to a Level 2 activation to provide any needed support for these activations, either current or planned.  All ARES, ACS, and CERT personnel are requested to continue to closely monitor the National Hurricane Center latest advisories on Hurricane Irma and to be in communications with their respective leadership in case their assistance with communications support is needed.

A special session of the ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES Net is being planned in support of Hurricane Irma.  The announcement will be publicly disseminated here on the Section website.

The next WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN for Hurricane Irma will be issued tomorrow at 1100 EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.

 

END OF SPECIAL BULLETIN

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #27

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #29 SEPTEMBER 2017 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #29 September 2017, has been published on the Section website, and the ARRL website. An announcement of the publication of the WCF PRESSER will be disseminated on the ARRL remailer shortly.  Please note that the WCF PRESSER is no longer disseminated on the ARRL remailer due to the expanded graphical content in the WCF PRESSER.

For the PDF version of this newsletter and past issues in PDF format go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-section-presser-arrl-west-central-florida-section-news/.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #26

SECTION NET CANCELLATIONS FOR LABOR DAY

The WCF Section ARES and Information Net on the NI4CE Repeater System for Monday September 4, 2017 is cancelled in observance of Labor Day.  The West Central Florida Section would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Labor Day 2017.  The Eagle Net will run on Labor Day as scheduled.  The Eagle Net runs 365 days per year, including holidays, unless the NI4CE Repeater System,which the Eagle Net is conducted on, is needed for an emergency net.

Any announcements related to any timely and or urgent ARES information will be disseminated as an announcement of the Labor Day edition of the Eagle Net.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #25

WCF SECTION CABINET MEMBERS RECENT HOSPITALIZATIONS

Within the last week, two of the WCF Section Cabinet have been in the hospital.  Ben Henley KI4IGX, our Section Emergency Coordinator, was hospitalized last week after his doctors have observed some difficulty with his heart medication regiment.  Ben will be in the hospital for one to two weeks until his medication is adjusted.  Ben is in good spirits and looks forward to coming home soon.

Until Ben has returned home, Darrell Davis KT4WX has appointed Randy Payne K4EZM, an Assistant Section Manager and ASEC, as Acting Section Emergency Coordinator, until the time Ben resumes his duties.  A special thank you to Randy for picking up these duties until Ben’s return.

Geoff Haines N1GY, our Technical Coordinator, was in the hospital last week for hip replacement surgery.  The surgery was successful and Geoff has already come home from hospital and has begun the road to recovery, which will take some time.

Your prayers and thoughts for Ben and Geoff are certainly welcome and appreciated.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #24

ARRL HEADQUARTERS GUEST SPEAKER FOR 4TH ANNUAL TECHCON

Bob Allison WB1GCM, the ARRL Lab Assistant Manager, will be our special guest for the 4th Annual TECHCON, which will be held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at the Polk County Emergency Operations Center between Winter Haven and Lakeland.

Bob resides with his wife, Kathy, KA1RWY, in Coventry, CT. As Senior Test engineer at the ARRL Laboratory, Bob tests the latest Amateur Radio related equipment for QST’s monthly Product Review Column. He also has written several Product Review articles, as well as many technical and historical articles for QST magazine. Prior to his work at the ARRL Laboratory, Bob worked at WVIT-NBCCT (Channel 30) for 28 years as a Broadcast Engineer and Studio Supervisor. Bob is a graduate of Ward Technical College at the University of Hartford. His Hobbies are Amateur Radio (41 years), antique phonographs, antique radios and enjoying his 1931 Model-A. Bob also volunteers as a tour guide at the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum in Windsor Connecticut.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #23

THE WCF PRESSER ISSUE #28 AUGUST 2017 IS NOW PUBLISHED

The WCF PRESSER Issue #28 for August 2017, has been published on the Section website, and the ARRL website. An announcement of the publication of the WCF PRESSER will be disseminated on the ARRL remailer shortly.  Please note that the WCF PRESSER is no longer disseminated on the ARRL remailer due to the expanded graphical content in the WCF PRESSER.

For the PDF version of this newsletter and past issues in PDF format go to http://arrlwcf.org/home/the-wcf-section-presser-arrl-west-central-florida-section-news/.

END OF PRESS RELEASE

WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #2 – 1100 EDT – 8/01/17

TROPICAL DEPRESSION EMILY EXITS THE FLORIDA PENINSULA.  ALL WATCHES AND WARNINGS DISCONTINUED

Tropical Storm Emily made landfall at 1100 EDT on Monday July 31st at Anna Maria Island in coastal Manatee County.  Emily moved east through Manatee County and northern Hardee County in the afternoon hours, and then moved through southern Polk County in the evening hours.  Emily continued moving through Indian River County in the early morning hours and exited the east coast of Florida near Vero Beach.   Emily is currently located 120 miles east of Cape Canaveral and is moving towards the northeast at 14 MPH.  All watches and warnings for the ARRL West Central Florida Section have been discontinued except for a few localized river Flood Warnings in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties.

The ARRL West Central Florida Section would like to thank all of the ARES, ACS, CERT and SKYWARN amateur radio operators who were on standby and ready to be deployed in case their services were requested by their served agencies.

This will be the last WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN on Tropical Depression Emily.

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WCF SECTION SPECIAL BULLETIN #1 – 7/31/17 – 0800 EDT

TROPICAL STORM EMILY FORMS WEST OF TAMPA BAY EARLY THIS MORNING

At 0600 EDT, the National Hurricane Center began issuing Advisories on Tropical Depression Six, that formed overnight from an area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico approximately 100 miles west of Tampa Bay.  At 0800, the National Hurricane Center found 45 MPH winds and upgraded Tropical Depression Six to Tropical Storm Emily.

cone graphictime of arrival graphic

At 0800 EDT, Tropical Storm Emily was located about 45 miles west-southwest of Tampa or about 50 miles west-northwest of Sarasota.  The maximum sustained winds are at 45 MPH and were located in the south side of the storm and movement was toward the east at 8 MPH.  The minimum center pressure was about 29.71 inches of mercury.   A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for coastal Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.

To quote the National Hurricane Center, “The primary threat with this system is expected to be locally heavy rainfall across portions of the Florida peninsula during the next couple of days. However, an isolated waterspout will also be possible in the coastal waters within the warning area.”

Please stay tuned to the latest advisories from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service Office in Ruskin, which covers all of the West Central Florida Section.  Also any ARES, ACS, or CERT, or SKYWARN amateur radio operators should be ready to activate in the highly unlikely event they are requested to do so by their served agencies.

END OF SPECIAL BULLETIN

WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #22

JOE EISENBERG K0NEB TO SPEAK AT LOCAL RADIO CLUB MEETING IN NEW PORT RICHEY

Joe Eisenburg K0NEB, the CQ Magazine Editor for the kit building column, will be the special guest speaker at the next Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club meeting in New Port Richey on Monday July 24th at 1900.  The doors to the clubhouse will open at 1800.  For details on the meeting location go to the West Central Florida Section website calendar entry for the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club meeting at http://arrlwcf.org/monthly-meetings/gulf-coast-amateur-radio-club-monthly-membership-meeting/.

 

END OF PRESS RELEASE

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