JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --
As of the 11 a.m. [EDT] update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Elsa is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression and be below the threshold for an elevation in Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness by the station emergency operations center.
However, it still constitutes a weather threat to include strong wind gusts up to tropical storm strength (especially in coastal locations), periods of heavy rain with localized flash flooding, isolated severe storms including tornadoes, and very rough surf conditions as it passes over the area on Thursday.
MCAS New River is closely following the storm’s track and forecast and will pass updates concerning station-wide preparations as they become available. While it is too early to determine what impact Elsa may have on MCAS New River, the air station community should be on high alert and monitor forecast weather conditions through the week.
All MCAS NR components, tenants, and community members are advised to:
>Police your area. Take in anything that could be picked up by the wind or carried into and block storm drains. Ensure all windows and doors close properly. Ensure all motor transport and outdoor storage lots are carefully inspected and made as weather safe as possible. Relocate vehicles and containers that are in low lying areas, and ensure storm drains are not blocked.
> Reevaluate any planned operations and training events considering the specific forecast for this area.
>Individuals and families should inventory emergency supply kits. Ensure an adequate supply of no cook shelf-stable food, drinking water, baby supplies, and prescription medications are on hand. Ensure important documents are weatherproof. Don't forget pets.
>If you plan to leave the area, consider your route carefully, leave early, and ensure your unit / neighbors know where you are going and how to contact you.
>Monitor the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center forecasts and follow the advice they offer.
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