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Hurricane Updates


UPDATE: 8AM September 10, 2017 Wakulla County offices will remain closed through Tuesday. Please take whatever precautions are advised by officials in your area.

Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 45 National Weather Service Tallahassee FL AL112017 543 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017 /443 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017/ This product covers EASTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE...FLORIDA BIG BEND...SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA **HURRICANE IRMA EXPECTED TO BRING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS TO PARTS OF THE AREA WITH DEADLY STORM SURGE ALONG THE COAST** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Warning has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning for Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Lee, and Terrell * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Baker, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Coastal Franklin, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Gadsden, Grady, Inland Dixie, Inland Franklin, Inland Jefferson, Inland Taylor, Inland Wakulla, Lafayette, Lanier, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lowndes, Madison, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, and Worth - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Ben Hill, Calhoun, Central Walton, Coastal Bay, Coastal Gulf, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Holmes, Houston, Inland Bay, Inland Gulf, Irwin, Jackson, North Walton, South Walton, Turner, and Washington - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for Coastal Dixie, Coastal Jefferson, Coastal Taylor, and Coastal Wakulla * STORM INFORMATION: - About 470 miles south-southeast of TALLAHASSEE - 24.1N 81.5W - Storm Intensity 130 mph - Movement Northwest or 325 degrees at 8 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Irma is expected to have a significant impact across a large portion of the Florida big bend and southern Georgia with widespread wind damage to numerous trees and power lines. Widespread and extended power outages are expected. Winds of at least 40 MPH may begin as early as Sunday evening, but the worst conditions will be on Monday with wind gusts well above hurricane force possible. Such winds can bring down large tree limbs, trees, and power lines, leading to power outages and impassable roads. The strongest winds are likely to be east of the Apalachicola and Chattahoochee Rivers. Conditions will gradually improve Monday night as a weakening tropical storm Irma moves northward into central Georgia. In addition, life threatening storm surge is expected across the Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, and Dixie county coasts. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Protect against life-threatening wind having possible devastating impacts across the Eastern Big Bend of Florida. Potential impacts in this area include: - Widespread structural damage to buildings in the area. Numerous with complete roof and wall failures. All mobile homes destroyed. Damage greatly increased by large airborne projectiles. Locations affected may be uninhabitable for weeks or months. - Large swaths of trees snapped or uprooted with roadway signs blown over. - Nearly all primary and all secondary roads will be impassable. - Widespread power and communication outages; potentially lasting for weeks. Also, protect against life-threatening wind having possible limited to extensive impacts across inland North Florida and Southwest Georgia. Potential impacts in this area include: - Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted with roadway signs blown over. - Some primary and many secondary roads are impassible due to debris. - Significant power and communication outages; potentially lasting for weeks. * SURGE: Protect against life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts across the coast of the Florida Big Bend. Potential impacts in this area include: - Areas of inundation from storm surge flooding, compounded by higher waves. Non-elevated homes and businesses along the coast will be subject to flooding primarily on the ground floor. - Sections of coastal highways and access roads will be flooded with portions washed out, isolating affected coastal communities. - Moderate beach erosion with damage to the dune line. - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, and piers. Small craft not secured prior to the storm will break away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Eastern Florida Panhandle...Florida Big Bend...Southeastern Alabama and Southwestern Georgia. Potential impacts include: - Rivers and associated tributary creeks and streams will rise to bankfull levels and possibly reach flood stage. Runoff will fill area holding ponds and drainage ditches, increasing the potential for urban flooding with additional rainfall. - Flood waters will approach structures in low lying areas. Urban flooding will result in isolated road closures. Dangerous driving conditions. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across portions of South Central Georgia and the Eastern Big Bend of Florida. Potential impacts include: - Isolated tornadoes are expected, resulting in a notable impact to affected communities. - Isolated areas affected by tornadoes will experience minor damage, including some damage to structures and sporadic power and communication outages. - A few structures will be damaged by tornadoes, mainly with loss of shingles or siding. Some mobile homes will be significantly damaged, especially those unanchored. Large trees will be snapped or uprooted. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- * EVACUATIONS: For those under evacuation orders, leave as soon as practical with a destination in mind. Gas up your vehicle well ahead of time. Be sure that you take all essential materials from your emergency supplies kit. Let others know where you are going and when you intend to arrive. For those not under evacuation orders, understand that there are inherent risks to evacuation (such as traffic congestion, accidents, and driving in bad weather), so evacuate only if necessary. Help keep roadways open for those that are under evacuation orders. * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Now is the time to bring to completion all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan. Outside preparations should be wrapped up as soon as possible before weather conditions completely deteriorate. Any remaining evacuations and relocations should be expedited before the onset of tropical storm force wind. If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible. If heading to a community shelter, become familiar with the shelter rules before arrival, especially if you have special needs or own a pet. Take essential items with you from your Emergency Supplies Kit. Check the latest weather forecast before departing. If you are a visitor and still in the area, listen for the name of the city or town in which you are staying within local news updates. Be sure you know the name of the county or parish in which it resides. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities. Closely monitor NOAA Weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. * 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