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----------1216 PM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
**TORRENTIAL RAIN WITH AND INCREASING WIND AND TORNADO THREAT SPREADING NORTHWARD OVER EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA THIS MORNING**
NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - None
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for       Coastal Volusia County, 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 290 miles south of Daytona Beach FL or about 190 miles       south-southwest of Vero Beach FL     - 25.0N 81.5W     - Storm Intensity 130 mph     - Movement North or 350 degrees at 9 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
Irma is moving toward the southwest Florida coast as a major hurricane. Conditions will continue to deteriorate as the center of the storm moves closer to the area, and a period of damaging winds with gusts to hurricane force is still expected late this afternoon and into early Monday morning.
The large wind field associated with the storm will produce far- reaching effects well to the east of the center. Tropical storm force wind gusts between 50 to 60 mph are being reported along the Space and Treasure Coasts, and these winds will continue to spread inland and to the north through the day. Hurricane force wind gusts between 75 to 90 mph in squalls will remain a significant concern as they become more frequent and intense throughout the day.
The threat for tropical rain band tornadoes continues to increase. A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of east central Florida until midnight tonight.
The potential for flooding rain associated with repeated squalls will increase across east central Florida through the afternoon. 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.
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.
NOW IS THE TIME TO REMAIN IN YOUR SAFE SHELTER! Residents and visitors to east central Florida are strongly encouraged to monitor the latest products issued by your local National Weather Service Office.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Impacts from the main wind event will be unfolding today! Remain well sheltered from dangerous winds. Prepare for significant, widespread damaging wind gusts across east central Florida. These 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: Impacts from the flooding rain will continue to spread north today! Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood waters having extensive impacts. Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across east central Florida. These 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. These 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 impacts from Flagler Beach to Jupiter Inlet. These 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
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ----------------------------------
* EVACUATIONS: For those who have evacuated to safer shelter, do not return to any evacuated areas until hazardous winds diminish and flood waters abate.
During the peak of the storm, keep your shoes on and your rain gear handy. Boots and athletic shoes offer the best foot protection if you become unexpectedly exposed to the weather.
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Now is the time to stay inside and away from windows. Listen for updates and be ready in case you lose electrical power. Keep a battery powered radio and flashlight handy.
Do not be a thrill seeker or risk your life for senseless photos or videos.
If a tornado warning is issued for your area, quickly move to the safest place within your shelter. Protect your head and body.
* 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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Ulrich
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