The City of Destin continues to monitor the path of Tropical Storm Nate. Currently, the storm is tracking to make landfall well west of Destin, however our area could see significant rainfall and possible storm surge. The city is clearing drains, outfalls and checking beaver damns to allow for the efficient flow of stormwater. City staff is on standby over the weekend to respond if issues arise.
In the event of heavy rain, please keep in mind that water in the streets, swales, retention areas and even front yards are not signs of flooding. These facilities are designed to hold water and will eventually percolate into the ground or run off into stormwater systems. Please encourage people not to drive through high, standing water.
Residents and businesses are asked to continue to make preparations in the event the storm impacts our area. Please refer to our Hurricane Information Guide for tips on what you can do to prepare. Below are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare:
- ENSURE YOUR ASSETS ARE PROTECTED
- Inventory your home possessions and videotape, record or photograph items of value. Review your insurance policies before hurricane seasons starts to ensure you have adequate coverage. Once a hurricane watch has been issued, insurers will not issue new or additional coverage.
- ASSESS YOUR HOME FOR VULNERABLE AREAS
- Do a walk-through of your home and property to evaluate your roof, windows, garage door, landscaping, etc. and determine what actions you will need to take to make your home safe.
- DO NOT CUT LIMBS AND BRANCHES IF A HURRICANE IMPACT IS IMMINENT
- If debris cannot be collected before a storm hits, the debris can become dangerous projectiles in strong winds. It is important to clear debris from your home year round and not wait until there is a hurricane threat.
- PREVENT FLOODING
- Do not dump or throw anything into ditches, swales or outfalls. Even grass clippings and branches can accumulate and plug drain channels.
- SECURE YOUR HOME
- Decide what actions you will need to take to protect your home and your property (shutters, generator, etc.), and to keep as comfortable as possible during a recovery. Put up shutters, if you have them. Turn the refrigerator to its lowest setting and lower the temperature of the air conditioner. Recharge batteries before the power goes out. Place flashlights and batteries throughout the house and keep one with you. Do not use candles.
Remember to watch your trusted sources for weather information, and to stay tuned to the city's website, www.cityofdestin.com, as well as the city's Facebook Page, City of Destin Government, for city updates. The city recommends following the National Weather Service for accurate storm updates.