The storm's projected track as of 5 p.m. Aug. 28 takes it along Florida's west coast. (Image from the National Hurricane Center website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.)

County, cities offer sandbags for Erika preparation

The storm is expected to bring 5-7 inches of rain, and the ground is already saturated, officials said.
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Aug. 28, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika isn't likely to hit Flagler County directly with tropical storm-force winds, but it is expected to bring rain — forecasts predict 5-7 inches — and Flagler County and the cities of Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are offering sandbags.

There are a few days left to prepare.

"We’re looking at the worst weather to be in here anytime from Monday night through Tuesday night," Flagler County Emergency Management Technician Bob Pickering said. "There’s a chance of getting some intense rainfalls."

The storm is disorganized, and the National Weather Service isn't certain it will survive its passage over Hispaniola, Pickering said. If it does, it could strengthen before its expected landfall in South Florida. 

But National Hurricane Center tracking as of 5 p.m. Aug. 28 showed the storm passing northward along the state's west coast and weakening to a tropical depression as it moves toward northern Florida. For previous coverage of Tropical Storm Erika, click here.

Locations offering sand, sandbags or both are listed below by municipality. Officials have advised residents to bring a shovel: Sand stations are self-service, according to a Flagler County news release. Locations that are listed without hours are either staffed at all times, or are self-service and will remain open without being staffed. For previous coverage of Tropical Storm Erika, click here.

CITY OF PALM COAST

Sand and bags:

Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway

Indian Trails Sport Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast

Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, at the corner of Palm Coast Parkway and Club House Drive

The Intracoastal Park, across from European Village Palm Harbor Drive, under the Hammock Dunes Bridge

Sand bags only:

Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday

Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1, bags will be made available daily

Palm Coast city offices, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite B-106, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Palm Coast Utility Department, 2 Utility Drive, Palm Coast during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

CITY OF BUNNELL

Sand and bags:  

Old City Hall (the coquina building), 201 West Moody Blvd., Bunnell

CITY OF FLAGLER BEACH

Sand and bags:  

Fire Station 1, 304 South Central Ave., Flagler Beach, in the front parking lot

FLAGLER COUNTY

Sand and bags:  

Fire Station 41, 5593 North Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm Coast

Fire Station 71, 89 E County Road 2006, Bunnell

Emergency Operations Center, 1769 East Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell