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----------848 AM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017
This product covers EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
**FREQUENT GUSTS TO TROPICAL STORM FORCE CONTINUE ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA THIS MORNING**
NEW INFORMATION ---------------
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - The Hurricane Warning has been cancelled and a Tropical Storm       Warning has been issued for Inland Volusia County, Northern       Lake County, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Southern Lake County     - The Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning have been       cancelled and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for       Coastal Volusia County, Northern Brevard County, and Southern       Brevard County     - The Storm Surge Warning has been cancelled for Indian River,       Martin, and St. Lucie
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:     - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Coastal Volusia       County, Indian River, Inland Volusia County, Martin, Northern       Brevard County, Northern Lake County, Okeechobee, Orange,       Osceola, Seminole, Southern Brevard County, Southern Lake       County, and St. Lucie
* STORM INFORMATION:     - About 120 miles northwest of Orlando FL or about 200 miles       northwest of Vero Beach FL     - 29.5N 82.9W     - Storm Intensity 70 mph     - Movement North-northwest or 340 degrees at 18 mph
SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------
Winds will be slow to diminish areawide today as the center of Tropical Storm Irma continues to move away from the area. Winds are expected to drop below tropical storm force from southeast to northwest at first from Lake Okeechobee to the Treasure Coast later this morning, and then from Osceola and Brevard Counties north and westward this afternoon. However, winds gusts to tropical storm force will continue to be felt.
As the day begins across east central Florida, residents and visitors are likely awakening to significant and widespread wind damage. The areal extent of power outages across the state of Florida is immense.
Despite the temptation to immediately begin recovery efforts, DO NOT DO SO until strong winds subside in your area! Many deaths and injuries occur during the initial phase of recovery! Do not venture out onto the roadways until the all clear is given, and it is safe to do so. Traffic signals are very likely to be out of service on most in not all major roads this morning!
Boating and surf conditions will remain extremely hazardous today. Large breaking waves and high seas will make for potentially life- threatening conditions for mariners, extremely rough surf, and numerous strong rip currents. 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 during today's high tide early this afternoon around 1230 PM. Expect about 1 to 2 feet of storm water inundation on top of normal tidal levels.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS -----------------
* WIND: Remain 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.     - Scattered 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 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.
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Ulrich
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