As Hurricane Isaias heads toward Florida, Brevard County emergency workers are making preparations.
Brevard County Emergency Operations Center spokesman Don Walker said the county is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.
“We’re kind of getting some better news this morning, but right now we’re in communications with NWS and NHC,” Walker said. “We’re still not out of the woods.”
Hurricane Isaias is moving toward the northwest around 12 mph with some decrease in forward speed. As of 10 a.m. Saturday, the system was moving through the Bahamas toward the Florida peninsula.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
The storm is still projected to be a Category 1 storm when it reaches Florida.
According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Brevard County will start seeing conditions deteriorate Saturday night. They expect the first bands with tropical storm force winds around midnight.
“We’re thinking it might be more of a wind event but we’re still looking at 6 inches of rain,” Walker said.
County emergency officials on Saturday added a fifth location for sandbags.
“We have shelters ready to go *if we need to pull that trigger,” Walker added. “Based on the current projection, we don’t see the need to issue mandatory evacuations or open shelters yet.”
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If the county were to open shelters, it would largely be to protect those who live in mobile or manufactured homes and those with with medical issues that require access to electricity.
“We have the supplies ready to go. All we have to do is open the door,” Walker said.
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- Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay campus, 250 Community College Parkway SE.
- Calvary Chapel, Melbourne, Viera campus, 2852 Fellowship Place.
- Mitchell Ellington Park, 575 West Hall Road, Merritt Island.
- Chain of Lakes Park, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, Titusville.
- Brevard County Jail, 855 Camp Road, Sharpes
Sandbags are limited to 10 per vehicle. Sandbags will be filled and loaded by supervised inmates from the Brevard County Jail.
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