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This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Watch are in effect for       Coastal Volusia County     - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for       Indian River, Martin, Northern Brevard County, Southern Brevard       County, and St. Lucie     - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Inland Volusia County,       Northern Lake County, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Seminole,       and Southern Lake County
* STORM INFORMATION:     - About 400 miles south-southeast of Orlando FL or about 340       miles south of Vero Beach FL     - 22.8N 79.8W     - Storm Intensity 125 mph     - Movement West or 280 degrees at 9 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
Dangerous Hurricane Irma moving west northwest near the north coast of Cuba is forecast to approach the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning. Irma is forecast to move over the Western Florida peninsula Sunday through early Monday morning as a strong hurricane.
The large hurricane wind field of Irma will produce far-reaching effects regardless of where the exact center moves. Hurricane force wind gusts will remain a significant concern and will have the potential for widespread damage along and to the east of Irma's track.
The potential for flooding rain associated with repeated squalls, will increase across east central Florida early on Sunday and into Monday. Although Irma will be moving steadily forward, it will produce 8 to 12 inches of rain with locally higher amounts up to 16 inches. Squalls will also bring an increasing chance for the development of tornadoes as Irma nears the region on Sunday.
Wind driven water inundation will also be possible in areas adjacent to larger inland lakes, such as Lakes Okeechobee, Kissimmee, and Lake George, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway.
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 further 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 this evening.
Surf conditions will remain hazardous as large swells bring high surf and increasingly strong rip currents. Moderate to significant beach erosion will ensue, and become progressively worse throughout the remainder of the weekend and into Monday.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Prepare for life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts across east central Florida. Potential impacts include:     - Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having       window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural       damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.       Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be       uninhabitable for weeks.     - Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and       roadway signs blown over.     - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban       or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and       access routes impassable.     - Large areas with power and communications outages.
* 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.
* TORNADOES: Prepare for a dangerous tornado event having possible 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.
* SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across coastal areas. Potential impacts in this area include:     - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along       immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas       farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.     - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread       with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where       surge water covers the road.     - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly       in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.     - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,       piers, and other coastal structures. A few small craft broken       away from moorings.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ----------------------------------
* EVACUATIONS: For those not under evacuation orders, assess your risk from wind, falling trees, and flooding from heavy rain. If you decide to move, consider relocating to a safer location nearby. Help keep roadways open for those under evacuation orders.
Let others know where you are going prior to departing. Drivers should not use cell phones while operating vehicles.
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Before the storm hits, check-in with your emergency points of contact. Let them know where you intend to ride out the storm. Locate your chargers and keep them with your cell phone.
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.
Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood prone area, consider moving to a sturdy shelter on higher ground. Never drive through a flooded roadway. Remember, turn around don't drown!
 * 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 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.
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