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----------1219 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
**INCREASING WINDS AND TORNADO THREAT FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA AS MAJOR  HURRICANE IRMA TURNS NORTHWEST**
NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - None
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for all of east central Florida.     - A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Volusia, Brevard, Indian       River, Saint Lucie and Martin Counties.
* STORM INFORMATION:     - About 350 miles south of Orlando FL or about 290 miles south of       Vero Beach FL     - 23.5N 81.0W     - Storm Intensity 120 mph     - Movement Northwest or 305 degrees at 6 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
Dangerous Hurricane Irma, moving northwest over the Florida Straits, is forecast to move northwest across the lower Florida Keys later this morning, then northward along the Florida Gulf Coast Sunday through early Monday morning as a major hurricane.
The large hurricane wind field of Irma will produce far-reaching effects well to the east of the center. Hurricane force wind gusts in squalls will remain a significant concern as they become more frequent and intense overnight and throughout the day.
The threat for tropical rain band tornadoes has also increased and will continue to spread northward today. A Tornado Watch has been issued for east central Florida from Osceola and Brevard Counties southward until noon today. Watches are very likely to be extended farther north at or before that time.
The potential for flooding rain associated with repeated squalls, will increase across east central Florida early on Sunday and into Monday. Several areas south of Orlando and Cape Canaveral have already picked up between 2 and 4 inches of rainfall, especially along the Treasure and Space Coasts. Although Irma will be moving steadily northward, it will produce an additional 6 to 10 inches of rain across the region, with locally higher amounts up to 16 inches.
This is likely to cause significant, widespread urban and lowland flooding, as well as potentially causing inundation of major highways, and both secondary and residential roads.
Potentially like threatening sea and surf conditions will continue today into Monday as large wind and swell waves bring dangerously high seas and 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.
Do not venture onto beachfront areas! Small craft should remain in port until winds and seas subside!
Additionally, localized wind driven water inundation remains a concern across areas adjacent to larger inland lakes such as Lake Okeechobee, Lake Kissimmee, and Lake George, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Prepare for significant, widespread damaging wind gusts 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.
 * 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.
* 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 locally hazardous surge having possible impacts from Flagler Beach to Jupiter Inlet. Potential impacts 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 ----------------------------------
For those who have evacuated to safer shelter, do not return to any evacuated areas until hazardous winds diminish and flood waters abate.
If sheltering in place, during the peak of the storm, keep sturdy shoes on and rain gear handy. Boots and tennis shoes offer the best foot protection if you become unexpectedly exposed to the elements.
Continue to keep your cell phone well charged for as long as possible. If you lose power, use it more sparingly and mainly for personal emergencies and check-ins.
If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, be ready to move to an safe, interior room away from windows on the lowest floor of your residence. Put as many sturdy walls between you and the storm as you can. Protect your head and body.
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Do not be a senseless thrill seeker or risk your life for photos or videos. Be wise and avoid becoming another statistic.
Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast.
* 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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