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Coastal Hazard Statement
Issued: 3:45 AM EST Dec. 9, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High rip current risk in effect from 7 am EST this morning
through Monday evening...

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay Ruskin has issued a
high rip current risk, which is in effect from 7 am EST this
morning through Monday evening.

* Rip current timing... increasing wave action will create rip
currents today and Monday.

* Rip current impacts... life threatening rip currents are likely
to continue through late tonight. Always swim near a lifeguard,
and never swim alone!

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...
jetties and piers. For maximum safety... swim near a lifeguard.
Pay attention to flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.




Public Information Statement
Issued: 3:05 PM EST Dec. 9, 2018 – National Weather Service

... NWS damage survey for 12/09/18 tornado event

.Overview... A line of showers and embedded thunderstorms ahead of
a cold front produced widespread rainfall across the area during
the morning of December 9th. This thunderstorm had a history of
producing strong rotation offshore and also produced a brief
tornado in the New Port Richey area.

..New Port Richey tornado...

Rating: EF1
estimated peak wind: 100 mph
path length /statute/: 0.12 miles
path width /maximum/: 25.0 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: 12/09/2018
start time: 08:57 am EST
start location: 2 ENE New Port Richey / Pasco County / FL
start lat/lon: 28.2555 / -82.6883

End date: 12/09/2018
end time: 08:58 am EST
end location: 2 ENE New Port Richey / Pasco County / FL
end lat/lon: 28.2557 / -82.6863

Survey summary:
the majority of damage was EF0 in nature with large tree limbs,
branches and powerlines down in a small area off of Bolam Ave near
attis St. Minor roof damage was also observed with some homes
having shingles and roofing felt blown off. One large Oak Tree was
found to have been snapped in two different places and this was
consistent with EF1 damage in the 90-100 mph range.



Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0... weak... ... 65 to 85 mph
EF1... weak... ... 86 to 110 mph
EF2... strong... .111 to 135 mph
EF3... strong... .136 to 165 mph
EF4... violent... 166 to 200 mph
EF5... violent... >200 mph

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
storm data.



305 PM EST sun Dec 9 2018

... NWS damage survey for 12/09/18 tornado event

.Overview... A line of showers and embedded thunderstorms ahead of
a cold front produced widespread rainfall across the area during
the morning of December 9th. This thunderstorm had a history of
producing strong rotation offshore and also produced a brief
tornado in the New Port Richey area.

..New Port Richey tornado...

Rating: EF1
estimated peak wind: 100 mph
path length /statute/: 0.12 miles
path width /maximum/: 25.0 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: 12/09/2018
start time: 08:57 am EST
start location: 2 ENE New Port Richey / Pasco County / FL
start lat/lon: 28.2555 / -82.6883

End date: 12/09/2018
end time: 08:58 am EST
end location: 2 ENE New Port Richey / Pasco County / FL
end lat/lon: 28.2557 / -82.6863

Survey summary:
the majority of damage was EF0 in nature with large tree limbs,
branches and powerlines down in a small area off of Bolam Ave near
attis St. Minor roof damage was also observed with some homes
having shingles and roofing felt blown off. One large Oak Tree was
found to have been snapped in two different places and this was
consistent with EF1 damage in the 90-100 mph range.



Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0... weak... ... 65 to 85 mph
EF1... weak... ... 86 to 110 mph
EF2... strong... .111 to 135 mph
EF3... strong... .136 to 165 mph
EF4... violent... 166 to 200 mph
EF5... violent... >200 mph

Note:
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
storm data.


Coastal Hazard Statement
Issued: 3:45 AM EST Dec. 9, 2018 – National Weather Service

... High rip current risk in effect from 7 am EST this morning
through Monday evening...

The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay Ruskin has issued a
high rip current risk, which is in effect from 7 am EST this
morning through Monday evening.

* Rip current timing... increasing wave action will create rip
currents today and Monday.

* Rip current impacts... life threatening rip currents are likely
to continue through late tonight. Always swim near a lifeguard,
and never swim alone!

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore... which occur most often at low spots or breaks in The
Sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...
jetties and piers. For maximum safety... swim near a lifeguard.
Pay attention to flags and signs.

If you become caught in a rip current... Yell for help. Remain
calm... do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current... swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.




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