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----------637 PM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
**WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE THIS EVENING AS TORRENTIAL RAINS FALL OVER EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA**
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 160 miles south of Orlando FL or about 160 miles       south-southwest of Cocoa Beach FL     - 26.2N 81.8W     - Storm Intensity 110 mph     - Movement North or 350 degrees at 14 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
Dangerous, life-threatening conditions are expected over the next 6 to 12 hours! The center of Hurricane Irma is expected to move north northwest and remain very near Okeechobee, Osceola, Orange, and Lake counties!
Widespread extensive wind impacts will continue as damaging wind gusts to hurricane force are a significant concern for all of east central Florida. Recent peak wind gusts include 82 mph at the St. Lucie Power Plant, 73 mph at the Fort Pierce Airport, 66 mph at Jensen Beach, 57 mph in Melbourne, and 56 mph at New Smyrna Beach.
If you are in an area prone to flooding, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic rise in water levels. Rainfall totals of 6 to 10 inches have been recorded over much of the area with isolated amounts up to 15 inches in St. Lucie County. An additional 6 to 10 inches of rain will cause further rapid rises of small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches as well as extensive flooding of area roadways.
The threat for tropical rain band tornadoes remains high! A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of east central Florida until midnight tonight.
Residents and visitors to east central Florida are urged to remain informed this evening and overnight tonight. Travel is not recommended and persons should remain indoors if at all possible. NOW IS THE TIME TO REMAIN IN YOUR SAFE SHELTER!
POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts. 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: Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across east central Florida. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood waters having additional extensive impacts. If realized, these impacts include:     - Extensive rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and       rescues.     - Rivers and tributaries may overflow their banks       in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks,       canals, and ditches may become fast moving rivers. Flood control       systems and barriers may become stressed.     - Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple       communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable.     - Driving conditions will become very dangerous as flood waters       may cover escape routes in numerous places. Streets and parking       lots become rivers of raging water with underpasses submerged.       Numerous road and bridge closures may occur with some weakened       or washed out.
* TORNADOES: Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. Remain well braced against a dangerous tornado event having additional significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include:     - The occurrence of 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.
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ----------------------------------
* EVACUATIONS: Do not return to evacuated areas until it is safe. Listen for the all-clear signal from local authorities.
* 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.
If you are prone to flooding or in an area under a storm surge warning, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic rise in water levels.
* 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 12 AM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.
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Ulrich
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