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Tropical Storm Colin Severe Weather Update

Pinellas County continues preparation for severe weather
Officials urge residents to have plans in place

Pinellas County continues monitoring the developing weather in the Gulf of Mexico with partners at the National Weather Service. County departments are taking action to prepare residents and infrastructure for the effects of severe weather, including clearing out ditches to handle additional water runoff.

As part of the county’s preparedness efforts, the Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated on Monday, June 6, at 6 a.m. This will allow county and partner agencies to better coordinate resources.

Residents are encouraged to limit road travel on Monday, June 6, as road conditions and visibility may be poor as a result of severe weather.

Pinellas County Emergency Management continues to urge residents to follow some basic preparedness tips, including:

• Paying close attention to weather forecasts as they could change rapidly in the next couple of days.
• Knowing whether a home or business is in a flood zone, which can be found online at www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/maps.htm.
• Signing up for free emergency notifications through Alert Pinellas by visiting www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas. Those without computer access can call
(866) 484-3264.
• Preparing for flooding if in a traditionally flood prone area.
• Reviewing additional tips in the 2016 All Hazards Guide, available in English and Spanish at www.pinellascounty.org/emergency.

Pinellas County will continue to offer sandbags to county residents tomorrow, Sunday, June 5, from 7 a.m. to sunset, at the following county parks:

• John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
• John Taylor Park, 1100 8th Ave. S.W., Largo.
• Lealman Community Park, 3890 55th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/sandbags.htm.

Residents will need to fill and transport their own bags. Pinellas County will provide shovels, sand and bags. There will be a limit of 20 bags per vehicle.

For more information on sandbags, residents can call Pinellas County Public Works at (727) 464-8900.

The following should also be kept in mind:

Types of flood advisories:

• Flood Advisory: Be Aware – Weather conditions may become a nuisance, but flooding is not expected.
• Flood Watch: Be Prepared – Conditions are favorable for flooding, but this does not mean flooding will occur.
• Flood Warning: Take Action – Flooding is imminent or occurring.
• Flash Flood Warning: Take Action – A flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area, move immediately to high ground.

Flood safety tips:

• Turn Around, Don’t Drown! It only takes 6 inches of moving water to sweep you off your feet or 12 inches to float a small car.
• For more flood preparation tips, visit www.pinellascounty.org/flooding.

Pinellas County will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency. Residents can look up evacuation zones with the Pinellas County “Doing Things for You” app. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Alert: Possible Severe Weather for Our Area

OVERVIEW

A large area of showers and thunderstorms, designated as Invest Area 93L, located over the western Caribbean Sea continues to be monitored for possible tropical development. This system is moving west-northwest toward the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and could develop into a tropical cyclone after it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecast models have a high degree of confidence of a Florida impact Sunday into Monday. However, there is still a good deal of uncertainty in regards to the potential strength of this system. Most models are predicting 93L tropical depression or weak tropical storm prior to moving across the Florida Peninsula. A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission into the system is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

With the uncertainty of about the strength of the storm it is suggested that everyone prepare as though it will be a Tropical Event, either depression or Storm that could bring the additional hazard of wind. Everyone is advised to stay tuned to the weather and to monitor those tools they use to receive emergency information in order to stay current with the situation as it unfolds.

Based on the current forecast the main impact will be heavy rain as a result of this system interacting with a stalled cold front over North Florida. Flooding rain of 6 to 8 inches late Sunday night through Tuesday morning.
• Significant rainfall, as well as isolated tornadoes and waterspouts, are possible Sunday through Monday across Central and South Florida as the system approaches.
• Three to four feet of surge-related coastal flooding, above high tide, is possible on Monday. This will be similar to conditions experienced during Tropical Storm Debby. Increased wave heights are expected along the Gulf Coast Monday into Tuesday, creating an elevated risk of rip currents and minor coastal erosion.

Three shelters have been put on standby for Monday morning:
• Dunedin Community Center
1920 Pinehurst Road Dunedin
• Ross Norton Recreation Center
1426 S. MLK Jr. Avenue Clearwater
• Northside Baptist Church
600 38th Avenue North St. Petersburg

Sandbag operations will begin on Saturday with a start time of 7:00 am and end time of sunset on Saturday and Sunday at the following sites:
• John Chesnut Park (1100 Eighth Ave. S.W., Largo)
• Taylor Park (2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor)
• Lealman Community Park (3890 55th Ave N., St. Pete)

County Public Works crews are checking and clearing drainage structures ahead of the event.

The Citizen’s Information Center number (727 464-4333) is slated to open on Monday to answer citizens’ questions.

 

Pinellas County prepares for anticipated severe weather
Sandbags will be made available to county residents

Pinellas County Emergency Management is monitoring developing weather with our partners at the National Weather Service and preparing for anticipated severe weather, forecast to begin late Sunday, June 5, and continue throughout the day on Monday, June 6.

County public works staff is clearing ditches throughout the county in anticipation of heavy stormwater runoff.

The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain, which could present the possibility of flooding in some parts of Pinellas County. Further tropical storm development remains possible.

Residents are encouraged to limit road travel on Monday, June 6, if possible.

Pinellas County will offer sandbags for residents of Pinellas County on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, from 7 a.m. to sunset, at the following county parks:

• John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
• John Taylor Park, 1100 8th Ave. S.W., Largo.
• Lealman Community Park, 3890 55th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

For more information on sandbags, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/sandbags.htm.

Residents will need to fill and transport their own bags. Pinellas County will provide shovels, sand and bags. There will be a limit of 20 bags per vehicle.

For more information on sandbags, call Pinellas County Public Works at (727) 464-8900.

Steps to prepare:

• Residents in flood prone locations should prepare for possible flooding as the result of anticipated inclement weather this weekend and early next week.
• Sign up for free emergency notifications through Alert Pinellas by visiting www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas. Those without computer access can call
(866) 484-3264.
• Pay attention to weather reports throughout the weekend and into early next week.

The following should also be kept in mind:

Types of flood advisories:

• Flood Advisory: Be Aware – Weather conditions may become a nuisance, but flooding is not expected.
• Flood Watch: Be Prepared – Conditions are favorable for flooding, but this does not mean flooding will occur.
• Flood Warning: Take Action – Flooding is imminent or occurring.
• Flash Flood Warning: Take Action – A flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area, move immediately to high ground.

Flood safety tips:

• Know your home’s risk by finding out your flood zone. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/maps.htm.
• Turn Around, Don’t Drown! It only takes 6 inches of moving water to sweep you off your feet or 12 inches to float a small car.
• For more flood preparation tips, visit www.pinellascounty.org/flooding.

Pinellas County will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency. Residents can look up evacuation zones with the Pinellas County “Doing Things for You” app. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Celebrating Library Lover’s Month

So why love your local library? Libraries are a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; they offer security and peace and quiet. They are also a place where you can focus surrounded by likeminded people with the desire to acquire knowledge.

It’s important to understand that not everything is available on the internet (yet); libraries can have vast digital stores of qualitative and quantitative information escaping from opinion led snippets and snapshots from online. There may be some crossover of information, but in most cases, libraries are a much more economically viable

solution when looking for information than the internet.

Love your library for what it is, a community meeting place or treasure trove of ideas. Why not push against the declining attendance of libraries and experience something new that will expand your knowledge of who you are, of where you live or what you do?

Courtesy of www.daysoftheyear.com/days/library-lovers-month

 


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Free Income Tax Preparation!

Did you earn less than $62,000 last year?

Have your federal tax return prepared, e-filed, and direct deposited for FREE. You don’t need to pay $200 or more for simple tax preparation! IRS-certified volunteers will prepare your taxes and ensure you get the largest refund for which you qualify. You may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when you file.

What to Bring

Last year’s federal income tax return.
Social Security cards and correct birth dates for all family members.
A photo ID. If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must present a photo ID and be present to sign the return.
All W-2 wage and tax statements for current tax year.
All 1098 forms (for mortgage, higher education expenses, etc.).
All forms 1099 and other income statements.
Form 1095 (ACA Healthcare)
Amount of any income not reported on a statement.
Records with amounts of deductible and qualified expenses not shown on a statement.
A voided check and/or savings account number for direct-deposit (optional, but you will receive your refund faster than a paper check).
Name, address and tax ID or social security number of any child care providers.

A comprehensive list of locations in Pinellas County can be found here.


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