The National Weather Service has upgraded Polk County’s storm status to tropical storm warning.
Hurricane Matthew’s impact will begin to be felt early afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 6, with the heaviest winds beginning in the evening. Polk will experience tropical force winds of 40-50 miles an hour with gusts of up to 75 mph. This should continue throughout the night and all day Friday. Residents in low-lying areas should make plans now to protect property from potential flood damage as already saturated areas may see heavier-than-normal rainfall with possible local flooding. One to three inches of rain is expected.
The City of Lake Alfred has sandbags available at the Fire Department and sand by the tennis courts (accessible from the Library Parking Lot.)
Polk County Emergency Management will activate the Citizen’s Information Line on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. to answer Hurricane Matthew-related questions. It will be staffed until 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, and again on Friday. Further updates will be provided as conditions change. The Citizen’s Information Line can be reached at (863) 401-2234 (locally) or toll-free (866) 661-0228.
Information is also available on PGTV (Bright House 644, Comcast 5 or Verizon 20), or check the county website for updates www.polk-county.net. You may also obtain further emergency information at www.facebook.com/polkcountyem and www.twitter.com/polkemergency.
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