Post Dorian Update Friday Sept 6 2019 Electricity, Donation Update, Water Conditions

Post Dorian Update Friday Sept 6 2019 Electricity, Donation Update, Water Conditions

Florida’s death toll from Dorian has been increased up to 3 after the storm moved along our coastline earlier this week. Most of the deaths come from accidents while people were preparing for the storm’s arrival. The Bahamas have seen 30 people  so far lose their lives because of the massive hurricane.  Officials say they expect that number to continue to rise, with hundreds and possibly thousands still missing. The US Coast Guard is helping with the search and recovery missions. As of yesterday they had rescued over 200 survivors. The Coast Guard is also warning Florida residents with boats not to travel over to the Bahamas, even if you’re trying to help or bring supplies.

While Dorian stayed offshore, it did bring tropical storm force winds to our area. And that meant some local residents lost their power at one point because of the storm. Just over 30,000 residents along the Treasure Coast lost their power. Most were in Martin County, where 14,470 lost power at some point. Indian River County had 13,100 FPL customers lose power. In St Lucie County, only 3,390 lost power. All told, about 10-percent of FPL customers lost power on the Treasure Coast.

The Florida Department of Health in St Lucie County has issued a warning, asking people to stay out of the water at county beaches. Hurricanes can have a negative effect on water quality, and the health department suggests waiting to get into the water until tests show that the water is clean. Meanwhile, officials in Martin County say their water quality tests came back fine, and lifeguards will be back out at Martin County beaches today. Martin County’s guarded beaches included Jensen Beach, Stuart Beach, Bathtub Reef Beach, and Hobe Sound Beach. For the latest beach conditions, call the beach hotline at 772-320-3112.

Florida is in the grips of a heat wave and you can blame Hurricane Dorian.

Florida Weather Center meteorologist Brett Edwards says that warms up the atmosphere more than usual. Temperatures are expected to get up to the mid and upper 90s here along the Treasure Coast.

No high school football tonight. For the second straight week, there will be zero games played on Friday night because of Dorian. However, games will be played over the weekend. John Carrol will be at American Heritage on Saturday. And on Monday evening, Martin County will travel down to Jupiter. Fort Pierce Central and Port St Lucie rescheduled their game for a later date. However, Jensen Beach, Westwood, St Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast all had to cancel their games.

Residents from the Treasure Coast and throughout the state of Florida continue to scramble to get supplies ready to ship to the Bahamas as they continue to recover from Hurricane Dorian. Witham Airfield in Stuart was a central location where people could drop off supplies, everything from non-perishable food to chainsaws

Stuart City Commissioner Merritt Matheson told us yesterday that an easy way to think about what supplies to donate would be to look at your own hurricane supply stash, and donate those items. He added that water and clothing are a lower priority. They need other items like food, baby supplies, and personal hygiene products. Commissioner Matheson has partnered with the Abaco Relief Alliance, and donations can be donated to that group at the American Custom Yachts facility on Jack James Drive in Stuart. Operation 300 is collecting supplies at Witham Air Field in Stuart. The St Lucie County sheriff’s office was collecting donations for the Missionary Flights International. Donations can be dropped off at their location at the St Lucie County Airport. And the United Way of Martin County has activated their Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund, which is accepting monetary donations. 100% of the funds contributed will be distributed to nonprofits supporting those affected by the storm who are seeking shelter and assistance.

There are several options available to donate supplies and money to right now. To make sure that you donate to a legitimate organization or charity, make sure to donate to charities that you are familiar with and find out how they plan to use your donation. Be careful when giving through social media, and be careful about sharing personal information over the telephone. If you have suspicions about an organization, you can call the state Attorney General’s office at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.

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