Tropical Storm Debby brings coastal flood warning

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From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:


As this storm progresses Levy County is already on the move to secure and make safe the citizens it serves. The Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson has been working now for several hours making arrangements for our citizens.

With reports of several trees down in the greater Levy County area, road crews and Law Enforcement are at the ready. Cedar Key is experiencing sustained winds of 32 mile per hour with gusts up to 39. These winds in conjunction with the recent rains have weakened some of our larger trees and are making them vulnerable to the winds. Residents are cautioned that should a tree fall across the power lines, DO NOT attempt to cut the tree off of the line. Stay back and  immediately contact Central Florida Electric Co-op at 352-493-2512 or contact the Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111.

In anticipation of high tide at 5:00 the storm surge is expected to peak around 5.5' above mean sea level (MSL) on the tide poles.  8"of rain fall are expected from this storm. This is a welcomed relief for our parched lands. This however, means some flooded roads in the Cedar Key and Yankeetown area of Levy County. Citizens are urged to drive safely and stay off the flooded roads.

EM Director Johnson has requested the opening of the Inglis Community Center located behind Town Hall for any residents of Yankeetown who feel they would be safer at this location. The Rosewood Baptist Church is on stand-by for any residents of Cedar Key should the need arise.