Sunday, September 05, 2004

Cat 1 Frances Over Lake Okeechobee

The eye of the storm is currently passing over the north end of Lake
Okeechobee. The latest statement from the National Weather Service includes
this about the Lake area:
...storm surge flood and storm tide impacts...lake okeechobee is being
affected by strong tropical storms force winds with frequent hurricane force
wind gusts. the highest level so far at belle glade has been 19.2 feet at
around 2 am...while levels on the north end of the lake dropped as low as 9
feet. as frances moves west and northwest...winds will back to the southwest
and push water toward the east coast from south bay to pahokee to taylor
slough. maximum water levels on the east side of hoover dike are expected to
reach 17 to 18 feet above mean sea level. ultimately...the wind will back
around to the south tonight and early monday...pushing water up as high as
18 to 19 feet above mean sea level there monday morning. the hoover dike
protects inhabited areas to at least 30 feet above mean sea level.
ritta...kreamer and torry islands are partially flooded at these levels
including some campgrounds and roads. roads and lakeside facilities in the
pahokee area will partially flood at these forecast levels today...and some
campgrounds and trailer parks on the lakeside of the dike will flood at the
forecast levels monday morning.

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