HURRICANE MATTHEW UPDATE
As the City receives updates from the Cocoa Beach Fire Chief we will be sending out CBNN's. You will receive many in the next few days --PLEASE pass them onto your neighbors and friends.
FROM FIRE CHIEF:
The most recent update for Hurricane Matthew from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm’s eyewall passing within approximately 53 miles from the City of Cocoa Beach Thursday evening into Friday morning. It should be noted that these times can change hourly as the storm shifts or picks up speed. Hurricane force winds extend 40 miles and tropical storm force winds 185 miles from the eyewall of the storm. Current wind predictions from the National Hurricane Center show the arrival of tropical storm force winds (39 mph) in Brevard County on Thursday at approximately 4:00 p.m. and peak winds (55 mph) around 11:00 p.m. Current total duration of tropical storm force winds is eight hours but this may change as the storm comes closer.
Due to forecasted high winds and rough surf, residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid swimming in the ocean or other waterways. Lightweight objects that may become airborne such as flags, garbage cans, and lawn furniture should be secured to avoid loss or damage.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to prepare themselves for the approaching storm. If you need assistance with hurricane planning, please visit http://www.brevardcounty.us/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness
AlertBrevard emergency notification access is also available at the Brevard County EM site. Residents are encouraged to register for critical notifications.
No evacuation orders have been issued for the City of Cocoa Beach as of this writing. The next emergency management meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. this morning.
Additional updates will be issued throughout the day.