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----------1253 AM EDT Sat Sep 9 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - The Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches for Brevard County have       been upgraded to a Storm Surge Warning and a Hurricane Warning.     - The Hurricane Watch for Osceola County has been upgraded to a       Hurricane Warning.
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Storm Surge Watch and Hurricane Watch are in effect for       Coastal Volusia County.     - A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Inland Volusia, Lake, Orange,       and Seminole Counties.     - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Okeechobee and Osceola       Counties.     - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for       Indian River, Martin, Brevard and Saint Lucie Counties.
* STORM INFORMATION:     - About 500 miles south-southeast of Orlando FL or about 380       miles south-southeast of Stuart FL     - 22.1N 77.7W     - Storm Intensity 160 mph     - Movement West or 280 degrees at 13 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
Category 5 Hurricane Irma continues to move westward along the north coast of Cuba. Irma is expected to turn toward the north-northwest later today and then cross the Florida Keys as an intense hurricane Sunday morning. Irma is then forecast to move northward over the Florida peninsula late Sunday through Monday morning as a strong hurricane.
Irma is a large hurricane and will produce far-reaching effects regardless of where the exact center of the storm moves. Winds of strong tropical storm to Category 1 hurricane force are expected to produce widespread damage well east of Irma's track, across east central Florida. Flooding rain is also of considerable concern. Heavy rain, especially in squalls, will increase in coverage and frequency across east central Florida especially on Sunday and into early Monday. Although Irma will be moving steadily forward, it will produce 8 to 12 inches of rain with locally higher amounts of 15 to 20 inches.
A Flood Watch has been issued for all of east central Florida.
Efforts to protect life and property should be rushed to completion! From around Lake Okeechobee to the Treasure coast counties, every effort should be taken to bring hurricane preparations to completion by this afternoon, before weather conditions deteriorate. Areas farther north from greater Kissimmee-Saint Cloud, Orlando, Sanford, and Lake County eastward to the Space Coast and the greater Daytona Beach area should have preparations completed by sunset on Saturday evening.
Wind driven water inundation will be possible in areas adjacent to larger inland lakes, such as Lakes Okeechobee, Kissimmee, and Lake George, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway.
Ahead of Irma, surf conditions will become hazardous as large swells bring high surf and increasingly strong rip currents. Beach erosion will ensue, and become progressively worse throughout the weekend and into Monday.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Prepare for life-threatening wind having possible significant to devastating impacts across the region. Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with roof and wall       failures in areas closest to the track of Irm's center.       Significant damage to mobile homes with some destroyed.     - Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and       roadway signs blown over.     - Many roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or       heavily wooded places. Some access routes impassable.     - Widespread power and communications outages.
Also, prepare for life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts across east central Florida.
* FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. Potential impacts include:
    - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.     - Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in       multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may       become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may       become stressed.     - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple       communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed       away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.       Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with       underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.       Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.
* SURGE: Prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts from Flagler Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Potential impacts in these areas include:
    - Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by       waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.     - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become       weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low       spots.     - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and       numerous rip currents.     - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, piers, and other       coastal structures. Several small craft broken away from       moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages.
* TORNADOES: Tornadoes may have significant impacts across east central Florida. Potential impacts include:
    - The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution       of emergency plans during tropical events.     - Several places may experience tornado damage with a few       locations seeing considerable damage, power loss, and       communications failures.     - Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile       homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or       uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about.       Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ----------------------------------
* EVACUATIONS: If evacuating, leave with a destination in mind and allow extra time to get there. Take your emergency supplies kit. Gas up your vehicle ahead of time.
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.
If you are in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near looming trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high rise building, or on a boat, consider moving to safer shelter before the onset of tropical storm force winds or possible flooding from heavy rain.
If a tornado warning is issued for your area, be ready to shelter quickly, preferably away from windows in an interior room on the lowest floor. If driving, scan the roadside for quick shelter options. Have a way to receive tornado warnings whether on the road or in a shelter.
Closely monitor weather.gov websites, NOAA Weather Radio, or other local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings.
* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov - For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org - For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org
NEXT UPDATE -----------
The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Melbourne FL around 6 AM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.
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