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By Carolyn Ten Broeck
Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining momentum in the Caribbean but just what its impact will be on Levy County is still up in the air.
Friday afternoon Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson met with city and county leaders at the EMOC office in Bronson to update the storm’s status and initialize the county’s plan in the event Levy is impacted. All cities and towns were represented at the meeting except Chiefland.
Currently, the storm could reach Category I hurricane status at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Yankeetown, Inglis and Cedar Key could suffer storm surges, Johnson said, and as much as 4-5 additional inches of rain could fall.
Should the storm evolve into a hurricane, Johnson said Levy County could expect 8-10 inches of rain.
The storm was moving from 82 degree waters into 88 degree waters, Johnson said, and could intensify to more than a Category I.
“But for now,” Johnson said, “it’s wait and see.”
Some decision will be reached Sunday afternoon, Johnson said, as he made sure everyone is prepared for what might happen.
Fire departments, law enforcement, city building and planning personnel and management will be the eyes and ears of any damage that occurs during the storm. They will do a windshield appraisal of damages within 48 hours and report back to Rob Corbitt, who is coordinating recovery efforts.
All emergency shelters are on standby, Johnson said, and Bronson Elementary will serve as the shelter for those who have specialized medical needs.
Johnson also reminded everyone if the coastal schools are closed, all county schools will be closed.
Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said his village will be pulling docks after high tide Saturday in preparation for the pending storm.
Stay connected with updates on TS Isaac at www.levydisaster.org.
The Cedar Key Beacon website and Facebook page will also have updates as news develops.