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NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/19/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Beta, located over the western Gulf of Mexico, on Hurricane Teddy, located over the central Atlantic, and on Tropical Storm Wilfred, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic.

Elsewhere on this Saturday morning, Post-Tropical Cyclone Paulette is moving southward and is now located a few hundred miles southwest of the Azores. The cyclone is forecast to continue southward for the next day or so and then stall over marginally warm waters a few hundred miles south of the Azores. The cyclone could subsequently develop tropical or subtropical characteristics by early next week while it moves little. It has a medium (50 percent) chance of formation during the next five days. For more information about marine hazards associated with this system, see High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France - www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-marine/bulletin/grandlarge/metarea2

There's a tropical wave located near the west coast of Africa that will move westward over the far eastern Atlantic during the next few days. Development of this system, if any, will be slow to occur during that time. It has a low (10 percent) chance of formation during then next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners
09/18/2020

Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners

Gilchrist County CARES
Application Deadline September 30, 2020

Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners
09/15/2020

Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners

Gilchrist County CARES
Application Deadline September 30, 2020

City of Trenton Public Safety Department
09/15/2020

City of Trenton Public Safety Department

**JOB POSTING**

The Trenton Department of Public Safety is now accepting applications to fill a Public Safety Officer position. See the job listing below for more information and/or contact the office at 352-463-4010 to speak with Chief Rexroat.

Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners
09/15/2020

Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners

Gilchrist County CARES
Application Deadline September 30, 2020

Testing sight is open Now from 9AM until 12PM
09/15/2020

Testing sight is open Now from 9AM until 12PM

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/14/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center continues to issue advisories on five tropical cyclones over the Atlantic basin. This ties the record for the most number of tropical cyclones in that basin at one time, last set in September 1971. The tropical cyclones are Hurricane Paulette, located north of Bermuda; Tropical Depression Rene, located over the central Atlantic; Hurricane Sally, centered over the north-central Gulf of Mexico; Tropical Storm Teddy, located over the east-central tropical Atlantic; and Tropical Storm Vicky, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic.

Elsewhere over the Atlantic basin on this Monday afternoon, a broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Upper-level winds are not particularly conducive for development, and any development of this system should be slow to occur while it moves slowly southwestward. It has a low (20 percent) chance of formation during the next five days.

There's also a tropical wave located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic, producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Environmental conditions appear to be conducive for slow development of the system this week as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph. It has a medium (50 percent) chance of formation during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/11/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding newly formed Tropical Depression Nineteen, issued at 5 p.m. EDT Friday - www.hurricanes.gov

09/11/2020
NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/07/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Seventeen, located over the central tropical Atlantic -www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Seventeen - and on newly formed Tropical Depression Eighteen, located a couple of hundred miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Eighteen

Elsewhere over the Atlantic basin on this Monday morning, an area of low pressure is located just southwest of Bermuda, producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next several days while it moves generally westward or west-northwestward. It has a low (30 percent) chance of formation during the next five days.

And, a tropical wave is forecast to emerge off the west coast of Africa in a few days. Gradual development is anticipated once the system moves over water and a tropical depression could form late this week or during the weekend while the system moves generally westward across the eastern Atlantic. It has a medium (40 percent) chance of formation during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/01/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS VIGOROUS TROPICAL DISTURBANCE SOUTH OF JAMAICA GETTING BETTER ORGANIZED...
...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR NORTHERN HONDURAS AND THE OFFSHORE ROATAN ISLANDS...

NHC is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen. At 11 a.m. EDT, the center of the system was located over the central Caribbean Sea about 140 miles (225 km) south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica. It's moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On the forecast track, the system will be moving near but north of the coast of Honduras on Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional development is expected today and on Wednesday, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form at any time.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the northern Honduras, Roatan Island and the Bay Islands of Honduras Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by late Wednesday.

A Tropical Storm Watch may be required for portions of Guatemala, Belize, and the southern Yucatan Peninsula later today. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches will be possible over the northern portions of Honduras beginning late Wednesday.

The next complete advisory will be isssued by NHC at 5 p.m. EDT with an intermediate advisory at 2 p.m. EDT - www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
09/01/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Fifteen, located more than 100 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Fifteen

Elsewhere on this Tuesday morning, there is a well-organized cluster of showers and thunderstorms, associated with a tropical wave, continuing to move quickly westward across the central Caribbean Sea. Although the disturbance does not yet have a well-defined circulation center, ship observations indicate that tropical-storm-force winds are occurring in the northern portion of wave to the southeast of Jamaica, which will spread near or just south of Jamaica later this morning and into this afternoon. Environmental conditions are expected to become a little more conducive for development, and a tropical depression or a tropical storm is likely to form during the next day or so before the system reaches Central America Wednesday night. Locally heavy rains and gusty winds are possible on Jamaica today, and interests there, as well as in northern Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula, should monitor the progress of this system. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is currently en route to investigate the disturbance. It has a high (80 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and five days. Potential tropical cyclone or tropical cyclone advisories will likely be issued later today, along with watches and warnings.

Also, a tropical wave is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in a day or so. Gradual development of this system will be possible through the end of the week while it moves slowly westward over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean. It has a medium (40 percent) chance of formation during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/30/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

An area of low pressure is expected to form off the southeastern coast of the United States in a day or two. Subsequent development of this system is possible, and a tropical depression is likely to form by the middle of the week while the system moves northeastward or east-northeastward, initially parallel to the southeastern coast of the U.S. and then away from land. It has a high (70 percent) chance of formation during the next five days.

Elsewhere over the Atlantic basin on this Sunday morning, showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave are gradually moving westward away from the Lesser Antilles. Although the disturbance remains disorganized at this time, some gradual development of this system is possible during the next several days while it moves westward at 15 to 20 mph across the Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, this system will continue to produce gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall across portions of the Windward and Leeward Islands this morning before diminishing this afternoon. It has a low (30 percent) chance of formation during the next five days.

There's also a westward-moving tropical wave located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. This system is producing limited shower activity, and any further development is expected to be slow to occur while it moves slowly westward over the eastern or central tropical Atlantic. It has a low (30 percent) chance of formation during the next five days.

And, a new tropical wave is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in a couple of days. Some gradual development of this system will be possible through the end of the week while it moves slowly westward over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean. It has a low (20 percent) chance of formation during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

08/29/2020

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR GILCHRIST COUNTY UNTIL 730 PM
EDT...

* At 639 PM EDT, National Weather Service meteorologists were
tracking a gusty shower near Bell, moving east at 35 mph.

* Winds in excess of 45 mph possible with this shower.

* Locations impacted include...
Trenton and Bell.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

These winds can down small tree limbs and branches, and blow around
unsecured small objects. Seek shelter in a safe building until the
storm passes.

To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement
agency. You can also share your report with NWS Jacksonville on
Facebook and Twitter.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/26/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

...WIND AND WATER LEVELS INCREASING AS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE LAURA TAKES AIM AT THE NORTHWEST GULF COAST...
...CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE, EXTREME WINDS, AND FLASH FLOODING EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTHWEST GULF COAST TONIGHT...

*** A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Freeport Texas to the Mouth of the Mississippi River
*** A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* San Luis Pass Texas to Intracoastal City Louisiana
*** A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Sargent Texas to San Luis Pass
* East of Intracoastal City Louisiana to the Mouth of the
Mississippi River
*** A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* East of Intracoastal City to west of Morgan City Louisiana

Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area tonight and Thursday, with catastrophic wind damage expected where Laura's eyewall moves onshore tonight. Tropical storm conditions are moving onshore along the coast of Louisiana within the tropical storm warning area and are expected to spread northwestward within the warning areas this evening. Hurricane-force winds and damaging wind gusts are also expected to spread well inland into portions of eastern Texas and western Louisiana early Thursday.

Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes. This surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline, and flood waters will not fully recede for several days after the storm.

Several tornadoes are expected late this afternoon through tonight over Louisiana, far southeast Texas, and southwestern Mississippi. The risk for a few tornadoes will continue into Thursday across Louisiana, Arkansas, and western Mississippi.

At 4 p.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Laura was located about155 miles (250 km) south of Lake Charles, La. It's moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A turn toward the north-northwest and north is expected tonight, and a northward motion should continue on Thursday. A northeastward to east- northeastward motion is expected Thursday night and Friday. On the forecast track, Laura will approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts this evening and move inland within that area tonight. The center of Laura is forecast to move over northwestern Louisiana tomorrow, across Arkansas Thursday night, and over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts - an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km). Some additional strengthening is possible this evening before Laura reaches the northwest Gulf coast overnight. Rapid weakening is expected after Laura moves inland.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
- Johnson Bayou LA to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge including Calcasieu Lake...15-20 ft
- Sea Rim State Park TX to Johnson Bayou LA including Sabine Lake...10-15 ft
- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Intracoastal City LA...10-15 ft
Intracoastal City LA to Morgan City including Vermilion Bay...8-12 ft
- Port Bolivar TX to Sea Rim State Park...6-9 ft
- Morgan City LA to Mouth of the Mississippi River...4-7 ft
- Freeport TX to Port Bolivar including Galveston Bay...2-4 ft
- Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs MS incl. Lake Borgne...1-3 ft
- Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas...1-3 ft

From this afternoon through Friday, Laura is expected to
produce the following rainfall totals:
- Across the northwestern Gulf Coast from far southwest Louisiana andthe Golden Triangle of Southeast Texas: 8 to 12 inches with isolated totals of 18 inches.
- Across central and the rest of western Louisiana into far eastern Texas: 5 to 10 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches.
- Across much of Arkansas: 3 to 7 inches with isolated totals of 10 inches.
This rainfall will cause widespread flash and urban flooding, small streams and creeks to overflow their banks, and minor to moderate freshwater river flooding.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 10 p.m. CDT with an intermediate advisory at 7 p.m. CDT -www.hurricanes.gov

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/26/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

...AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT REPORTS LAURA HAS BECOME AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE...
...CATASTROPHIC STORM SURGE, EXTREME WINDS, AND FLASH FLOODING EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTHWEST GULF COAST TONIGHT...
...LITTLE TIME REMAINS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY...

*** A Storm Surge Warning continuest for...
* Freeport Texas to the Mouth of the Mississippi River
*** A Hurricane Warning continues for...
* San Luis Pass Texas to Intracoastal City Louisiana
*** A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Sargent Texas to San Luis Pass
* East of Intracoastal City Louisiana to the Mouth of the
Mississippi River
*** A Storm Surge Watch continues for...
* Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs Mississippi
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne
*** A Hurricane Watch continues for...
* East of Intracoastal City to west of Morgan City Louisiana

Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area tonight and Thursday, with catastrophic wind damage expected where Laura's eyewall makes landfall tonight. Tropical storm conditions are moving onshore of the coast of Louisiana within the tropical storm warning area and are expected to reach the coast in the hurricane warning area later this afternoon or evening. Hurricane-force winds and damaging wind gusts are also expected to spread well inland into portions of eastern Texas and western Louisiana early Thursday.

Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes. This storm surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline in southwestern Louisiana and far southeastern Texas.

A few tornadoes are expected this afternoon through tonight over Louisiana, far southeast Texas, and southwestern Mississippi. The risk for a few tornadoes should continue into Thursday across Louisiana, Arkansas, and western Mississippi.

At 1 p.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Laura was located about 200 miles (320 km) south-southeast of Lake Charles, La. It's moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). A gradual turn toward the north-northwest and north is expected later today and tonight. On the forecast track, Laura will approach the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts this evening and move inland within that area tonight. The center of Laura is forecast to move over northwestern Louisiana tomorrow, across Arkansas Thursday night, and
over the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher gusts - an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). Tropical-storm-force winds have reached the coast of Louisiana and an observing site at Eugene Island recently
measured sustained winds of 39 mph (63 km/h) and a gust to 64 mph (104 km/h). Some additional strengthening is possible this afternoon, and Laura is forecast to remain a category 4 hurricane through landfall tonight. Rapid weakening is expected after Laura makes over land.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
- Johnson Bayou LA to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge including Calcasieu - Lake...15-20 ft
- Sea Rim State Park TX to Johnson Bayou LA including Sabine Lake...10-15 ft
- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Intracoastal City LA...10-15 ft
Intracoastal City LA to Morgan City including Vermilion Bay...8-12 ft
- Port Bolivar TX to Sea Rim State Park...6-9 ft
- Morgan City LA to Mouth of the Mississippi River...4-7 ft
- Freeport TX to Port Bolivar including Galveston Bay...2-4 ft
- Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs MS including Lake Borgne...2-4 ft
Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas...2-4 ft

From this afternoon through Friday, Laura is expected to produce rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches across portions of the northwestern Gulf Coast from western Louisiana to far eastern Texas, and northward into much of Arkansas. This rainfall will cause widespread flash and urban flooding, small streams and creeks to overflow their banks, and minor to isolated moderate freshwater river flooding.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 4 p.m. CDT - www.hurricanes.gov

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Can we get updated numbers on total vs. active cases? Instead of total number everyone wants to show you. I don't see an update since 07/29.
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Thank you to GCFR for taking care of my needs on sunday at 18:00hrs. Ryan and his partner took care of me and made sure I was good to go to Shands Cancer Hospital . They checked my vitals and ran a strip and was good to go straight there. This is why we love our county . We all know each other and care for each other. Wasn't long ago that we all rallied around Ryan and his partner when they got hurt bad on the job. Grateful God made sure they came back to work and follow their passion and calling. Thanks again and God bless all yall First Responders. Don and Melissa Logan
Thanks for the local covid updates
Could we have a covid update, please?. Last one was May 22.
Can we have a covid update, please? Last one was May 22.
Is there still a fire band in Gilchrist county
If in need of masks. We have a local business building them. www.halcyon.net/ppe
Is there a no burn order in effect?
Someone posted a pattern for a special crocheted strap to hold the elastic on face masks so ears would not get irritated. I canโ€™t find it please post again.
Why is Ginny springs still open???
I'm very concerned about Ginnie springs. Why are they still open with over about 1000 people or more crammed in there? people come from all over to go to Ginnie springs. they're not practicing the 6-foot rule at all. I live locally and these people don't just stay at Ginnie springs oh, they go to stores and wherever else they feel like going. I'm very concerned about this.