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----------555 AM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
**STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL GRADUALLY ABATE AS HURRICANE IRMA MOVES  FARTHER AWAY FROM EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA**
 NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued and the Hurricane       Warning has been cancelled for Indian River, Martin,       Okeechobee, and St. Lucie
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect       for Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie     - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for       Coastal Volusia County, Northern Brevard County, and Southern       Brevard County     - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Inland Volusia County,       Northern Lake County, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Southern       Lake County     - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Okeechobee County
* STORM INFORMATION:     - About 80 miles west-northwest of Orlando FL     - 28.9N 82.6W     - Storm Intensity 75 mph     - Movement North-northwest or 340 degrees at 18 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
The center of Hurricane Irma is now located over the western Florida peninsula, well north of tamps and well to the west-northwest of Orlando. Irma is moving north-northwest farther away from east central Florida 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 occasionally gust to near hurricane force from around greater Orlando and Cape canaveral north to the Ocala Forest, Lake George, and Flagler Beach.
To the south of this areas, sustained winds of around tropical storm force will gust above 50 mph through this morning.
Conditions will continue to slowly abate from southeast to northwest today, improving first from Lake Okeechobee to the Treasure this morning, and then slowly diminish from Osceola and Brevard Counties northward from late morning through this afternoon.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect from Osceola and Brevard Counties northward. This will likely be lowered to a Tropical Storm Warning later this morning.
A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Okeechobee, Indian River, Saint Lucie, and Martin Counties. This too will likely be lowered by late morning.
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 significant to major in some areas. The extent 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!!
Later today, after winds subside, if you decide to venture outside, use extreme caution!! Be on the lookout for downed power lines, unstable trees or buildings, and areas of standing water on roads and in low lying poor drainage areas, as 8 to 15 inches have been common across east central Florida.
Conditions will gradually ease from southeast to northwest areawide throughout the day, although gusty winds of tropical storm force will continue to be felt.
 POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having additional impacts. If realized, these impacts include:     - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage       to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings       experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile       homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight       objects become dangerous projectiles.     - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater       numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several       fences and roadway signs blown over.     - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban       or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access       routes impassable.     - Widespread power and communications outages, but more prevalent       in areas with above ground lines.
* OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Large breaking waves and high seas will make for potentially life- threatening boating conditions, extremely rough surf, and numerous strong rip currents. Residents and visitors will need to avoid the beaches until conditions improve. Operators of small craft should remain in port until winds and seas subside.
In addition, beaches have likely suffered erosion and will remain in a weakened state. Additional erosion is likely

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 unless you are sure that it is safe to do so.
 * 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 Noon EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.
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Cristaldi
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