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GIC has activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Tropical Storm Flossie. Following a glancing blow from Tropical Storm Erick passing to the south of Hawaii producing some swells and enhanced rainfall, Tropical Storm Flossie is the next concern for the islands. Moving toward the west-northwest, Flossie is expected to follow this general heading with a slight decrease in forward speed expected through early next week. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is anticipated over the weekend with the storm expected to track just north of the Hawaii islands as either a tropical storm or tropical depression on Monday. GIC will continue to monitor and at this point does not expect a requirement for imagery collection. If you have any questions, please reach out to graysky@geointel.org.
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GIC maintains Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Tropical Depression Barry. The storm was briefly upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning but quickly weakened to a tropical storm when it made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana and. Life-threatening flash flooding and significant river flooding are still expected along Barry’s path inland from Louisiana up through the lower Mississippi Valley. Tropical storm conditions are still occurring within portions of the Tropical Storm Warning area along the coast. GIC will continue to monitor for damage assessments, has been participating in coordination calls with FEMA, NOAA, and other federal and state stakeholders; and has made an initial plan for imagery collection depending on incoming damage assessments, input from GIC members, and weather availability. GIC members are encouraged to continue to send any requirements for imagery collection by contacting us at graysky@geointel.org
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GIC maintains Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Tropical Storm Barry. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Potential Tropical Cyclone Two to Tropical Storm Barry today at the 11 AM Eastern update. Barry is expected to bring storm surge, rainfall, and wind hazards to the central Gulf Coast during next several days, including life-threatening storm surge inundation along the coast of southern and southeastern Louisiana where a Storm Surge Warning has been issued. The highest storm surge is expected between the Mouth of the Atchafalaya River and Shell Beach. A Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect for much of the Louisiana coast. The slow movement of the storm will result in a long duration of heavy rainfall threat along the central Gulf Coast and inland through the lower Mississippi Valley through the weekend and potentially into early next week. GIC will continue to monitor and is making plans for collection of imagery after the storm passes and conditions are safe to do so. If you have specifics requirements for imagery collection, please reach out to graysky@geointel.org.
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GIC is activated to Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring for Potential Tropical Cyclone Two. The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories on Wednesday 10-July at 10:00 AM Central for this storm. A tropical depression is expected to form later today or Thursday and could strengthen into a hurricane approaching the Gulf Coast by the weekend. Dangerous storm surge is possible in portions of southeast Louisiana, which is currently under a storm surge watch. Additional storm surge watches may be needed later today or tonight for further areas of Louisiana and the Upper Texas coast. GIC will continue to monitor. If conditions worsen and you have requirements for imagery collection, please reach out to graysky@geointel.org.
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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 graysky@geointel.org.
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