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GIC activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring on 8-June for monitoring wildfire conditions in the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco in California. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity.

Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California and may do the same for thousands more to reduce the risk of wildfires. The utility announced Friday night that as of Saturday morning it will turn off electricity to customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties west of Sacramento. The utility said it also will monitor conditions in parts of the Sierra foothills Saturday night through Sunday when they will be at peak fire risk. The company said it could decide to cut power for up to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties.

A few small fires have already had local officials call for some mandatory evacuations. GIC will continue to monitor conditions. If requirements for aerial imagery over these areas arises as conditions worsen, please reach out to grayskay@geointel.org.
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GIC has activated Level 2 – Partial Activation for imagery collection over areas impacted by tornadoes north of Dayton, Ohio. Imagery will be collected today, Tuesday 28-May, over a swath stretching from Brookville to Riverside, including areas of Trotwood and Harrison Township. If you have any questions or wish to provide input to our area of interest for this activation please reach out to us at support@geointel.org.
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GIC activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring on 26-May for monitoring record-breaking flooding conditions along the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Areas of Oklahoma’s second-largest city Tulsa have already flooded and evacuations are underway. Downriver in Arkansas’ second-largest city Fort Smith, between 100-200 residents have evacuated their homes and many more evacuations expected. With the Army Corp of Engineers expected to increase the release of floodwater from upriver dams further affecting Arkansas’ levee systems, the National Weather Services expects the river to reach 41 feet near Fort Smith by early Monday morning, setting a record 3 feet higher than the previous record set in 1945. This would cause “near catastrophic flooding” in Fort Smith. Oklahoma has extended their state of emergency declaration to include all 77 counties within the state due to flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds that began in April. The Oklahoma state emergency operation center remains activated. Arkansas has declared a state of emergency and activated the state emergency operation center to Level 1 – Full Activation. If you have requirements for aerial imagery over these areas, please reach out to grayskay@geointel.org.
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Today we published imagery collected on 24-May for the tornado that struck Jefferson City, Missouri.  7 cm resolution images were collected over areas of the city and are now available via secure web maps and services available at http://maps.geointel.org. If you have any questions please reach out to us at grayskay@geointel.org. Credentials for public safety stakeholders to access the data may be requested at credentials@geointel.org.
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Today we published imagery collected on 15-May using our Eagle f210 camera for the hail event on 13-May over areas south of Raleigh, North Carolina. 1.5 cm resolution images were collected over a swath of radar-indicated hail from Fuquay-Varina, NC to Garner, NC. Traditional and social media reports were also used to verify damages to structures and vehicles and refine the area of interest for this collection. If you have any questions please reach out to us at grayskay@geointel.org. Credentials for public safety stakeholders to access the data may be requested at credentials@geointel.org.
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