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----------315 AM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* 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 70 miles west of Orlando FL     - 28.4N 82.5W     - Storm Intensity 85 mph     - Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 15 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
The center of Hurricane Irma is now located over the western Florida peninsula, to the north of Tampa and Lakeland. Irma is moving north-northwest and will reach north Florida later this morning.
While Irma has weakened to a category one hurricane, it has a large area of strong tropical storm force winds which will gust to near hurricane force across east central Florida through around sunrise. Conditions will slowly start to abate first from Lake Okeechobee to the Treasure during the early morning hours, farthest from Irma's center. Frequent damaging hurricane force wind gusts and widespread rain will then slowly diminish from Osceola and Brevard Counties northward later this morning.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for all of east central Florida. Remain sheltered in place, or in your safe evacuation location.
Recent wind gusts include 77 MPH at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 75 mph at Orlando Executive Airport, 73 MPH at Sanford, 68 MPH at Orlando International Airport, 65 MPH at Leesburg, and 53 MPH at Daytona Beach.
 As the day dawns across east central Florida, residents and visitors can expect to awaken to the sobering sight of widespread wind damage, which will be extensive in some areas. The sheer magnitude of power outages across Florida is likely to be historical.
Even as daylight commences, despite the temptation to begin recovery efforts, DO NOT DO SO until the very strong winds subside!! Many deaths and injuries occur during the initial phase of recovery!! Wait until crews have the chance to clear roadways before venturing about.
An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts will be possible north of Orlando and Cape Canaveral through this morning. If you are in an area prone to flooding, be prepared for the possibility of a quick rise in water levels. Rainfall totals of 8 to 15 inches have been common across east central Florida, and any additional rainfall which falls in as short period of time will cause further rapid rises of small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches as well as extensive flooding of area roadways.
Conditions will gradually ease from southeast to northwest areawide throughout the day, although gusty winds of tropical storm force will continue to be felt.
There threat for tornadoes has diminished, and will remain lowered through sunrise, but may increase again during the daytime hours in any afternoon shower or storms that may form. However, this threat is expected to be more isolated in nature.
Residents and visitors to east central Florida are urged to remain informed!! Travel is not recommended and persons should remain indoors if at all possible. Remain in your safe shelter until conditions abate, and do not venture outside until conditions allow later today.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are still unfolding. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind impacts, which will include:     - Structural damage to sturdy buildings,especially mobile homes.       Damage accentuated by large airborne projectiles.     - 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. Many bridges, causeways, and access       routes impassable.     - Widespread power and communications outages.
 * FLOODING RAIN: Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding. These will include:     - Flooding that 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 structures within multiple communities.       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.
 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: Do not venture out onto roadways prior to sunrise!! Remain indoors, and away from windows. Be prepared to move to your safe room if any warnings are issued. Listen for updates and be ready in case you lose electrical power. Keep a battery powered radio and flashlight handy.
 * 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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