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Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast prepare for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias

Emergency officials urge residents to prepare now with hurricane kit
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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 18:44:44-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Residents and emergency officials in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are preparing for any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias over the weekend.

On Thursday, murky, muddy water was cleared at all eight pump stations in Wellington.

The village is using machines to pull weeds, algae, and debris as Isaias nears Florida.

"If the storm does come our way everything is clean and ready to go to pump out," said Terry Narrow, the surface water superintendent in Wellington. "It helps the water go through the bar screens and they won’t clog up and restrict the water flow."

Tables and chairs have been brought in and umbrellas are being taken down at the Wellington Aquatics Complex.

RELATED: Latest forecast for Tropical Storm Isaias

In Martin County, sandbags are now being handed out at East Ridge Park in Hobe Sound, and pumps are still running in the Hobe Heights neighborhood ahead of possibly more rain.

Several homes were left under water here from days of downpours.

"They have pumps in multiple locations," said Bill Pecci, the interim emergency management director for Martin County. "They are also draining retention ponds, they’re cleaning up all the debris around the main drains.”

Come this weekend, the Emergency Operations Center in Stuart will be active with about 12-20 people safely monitoring the storm.

"When they come in, we will space them out opposed to when we didn’t have the pandemic everybody was really close together," Pecci said.

With the storm’s path still uncertain, emergency officials say don’t be caught off guard.

"Prepare like we’re going to get a hurricane. They should have water, batteries, and their non-perishable foods," Pecci said.

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Everyone is being reminded to bring in patio furniture and take in anything can be a projectile and launched in the wind.

You should also have an emergency kit ready just in case there are power outages.

Martin County has also activated its Community Information Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. so you can call with questions or issues related to the storm. The number is 772-287-1652.

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2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.