The current NWS forecasted track for TS Ernesto will bring it directly through Orange County. Currently rainfall from Ernesto is predicted to begin late Thursday evening and carry through early Friday morning. Accumulation for weather event is 3-5″ with isolated areas receiving 6-8″. Area reservoirs and creeks/rivers are currently low and should be able to tolerate much of the rainfall. The primary concern is flash flooding in urban areas and other low lying areas.
EMS Division Members, I’ve created 12-hour slots on the EMS Availability calendar for those of you that are available to be called in to staff additional EMS units in the event that ERNESTO produces a need. Lt. Blair Turner is the SORS EMS Supervisor for the weekend. Staff recall will be done via text messaging to cell phones/pagers.
TRT Division Members, please sign up on the TRT calendar. Chances of deploying out of county are extremely minimal but we may be needed in county so please be ready to respond. All TRT equipment and vehicles were checked over the weekend (including chainsaws). Please check your personal equipment and ensure that your radio pager is charged.
If there’s any change in information after tomorrow’s conference calls I’ll send out an update.
Sites of interest include:
National Hurricane Center – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Turn Around Don’t Drown – http://www.weather.gov/os/water/tadd/
Duke Energy Weatherwatch http://www.dukepower.com/weatherwatch/durham.asp
Matthew W. Mauzy, Chief
South Orange Rescue Squad
919.967.1515 ext 1