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[9/10/2017 | 6:25 AM] Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 45

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Hurricane Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 45

National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL  AL112017

625 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017


This product covers West Central and Southwest Florida

**IRMA NOW MOVING TO THE NORTHWEST**


 NEW INFORMATION

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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

    - None

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

    - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,

      Inland Charlotte, Inland Citrus, Inland Hernando, Inland

      Hillsborough, Inland Levy, Inland Manatee, Inland Pasco, Inland

      Sarasota, Polk, and Sumter

    - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for

      Coastal Charlotte, Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal

      Hillsborough, Coastal Lee, Coastal Levy, Coastal Manatee,

      Coastal Pasco, Coastal Sarasota, Inland Lee, and Pinellas

* STORM INFORMATION:

    - About 250 miles south-southeast of Mouth of Tampa Bay FL or

      about 180 miles south of Fort Myers FL

    - 24.1N 81.5W

    - Storm Intensity 130 mph

    - Movement Northwest or 325 degrees at 8 mph

 

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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Dangerous Hurricane Irma is moving slowly northwest away from the north

coast of Cuba and is forecast to approach the southwest Florida coast

as a major hurricane late Sunday morning. Although the amount of

intensification expected from Irma has been decreased with the latest

forecasts through Sunday morning...make no mistake that Irma is still a

dangerous hurricane... and is forecast to move near or over the west

coast of the Florida peninsula Sunday through early Monday morning with

the potential for significant and life threatening impacts from

wind...surge...and rain.


Winds will gust to tropical storm force as fast-moving squalls move

across southwest Florida early this morning. These squalls will

increase in frequency and intensity during today as the outer

rainbands of Irma spread north over the Florida peninsula. Given the

current forecast track, a period of damaging winds is expected across

ALL of west- central and southwest Florida between late Sunday morning

and Monday morning.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS

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* WIND:

Protect against life-threatening wind having possible devastating

impacts across West Central and Southwest Florida. Potential impacts

include:

    - Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof

      and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Damage

      greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations

      may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

    - 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.

 

* SURGE:

Protect against life-threatening surge having possible devastating

impacts across the entire coastline of west-central and southwest

Florida. Potential impacts in this area include:

    - Widespread deep inundation, with storm surge flooding greatly

      accentuated by powerful battering waves. Structural damage to

      buildings, with many washing away. Damage greatly compounded

      from considerable floating debris. Locations may be

      uninhabitable for an extended period.

    - Near-shore escape routes and secondary roads washed out or

      severely flooded. Flood control systems and barriers may become

      stressed.

    - Extreme beach erosion. New shoreline cuts possible.

    - Massive damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.

      Numerous small craft broken away from moorings with many lifted

      onshore and stranded.

 

* FLOODING RAIN:

Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible

devastating impacts across west-central and southwest Florida.

Potential impacts include:

    - Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and

      rescues.

    - Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks

      in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks,

      canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood control

      systems and barriers may become stressed.

    - Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple

      communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed

      away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover escape

      routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of raging water

      with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become very

      dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened

      or washed out.

 

* TORNADOES:

Protect against a dangerous tornado event having possible significant

impacts across west-central and southwest Florida. Potential impacts

include:

    - The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution

      of emergency plans during tropical events.

    - Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots

      of 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.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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* 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.


If evacuating the area, stick to prescribed evacuation routes. Look

for additional traffic information on roadway smart signs and listen to

select radio channels for further travel instructions. Drivers should

not use cell phones while operating vehicles.


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.


If you are exceptionally vulnerable to wind or water hazards from

tropical systems, consider voluntary evacuation, especially if being

officially recommended. Relocate to a predetermined shelter or safe

destination.


If evacuating away from the area or relocating to a nearby shelter,

leave early before weather conditions become hazardous.

Levy County:          http://www.levydisaster.com

Citrus County:        http://www.sheriffcitrus.org

Sumter County:        http://www.sumtercountyfl.gov

Hernando County:      http://www.hernandocounty.us

Pasco County:         http://www.pascocountyfl.net

Pinellas County:      http://www.pinellascounty.org

Hillsborough County:  http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org

Polk County:          http://www.polk-county.net

Manatee County:       http://www.mymanatee.org

Hardee County:        http://www.hardeecounty.net

Desoto County:        http://www.desotobocc.com

Sarasota County:      http://www.scgov.net

Highlands County:     http://www.hcbcc.net

Charlotte County:     http://www.charlottecountyfl.gov

Lee County:           http://www.leegov.com

 

* 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.


Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of

life. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any

orders that are issued. Remember, during the storm 9 1 1 Emergency

Services may not be able to immediately respond if conditions are

unsafe. This should be a big factor in your decision making.


Check-in with your emergency points of contact among family, friends,

and workmates. Inform them of your status and well-being. Let them

know how you intend to ride out the storm and when you plan to

check-in again.


Keep cell phones well charged and handy. Also, cell phone chargers

for automobiles can be helpful after the storm. Locate your chargers

and keep them with your cell phone.


In emergencies it is best to remain calm. Stay informed and focused

on the situation at hand. Exercise patience with those you encounter.

Be a Good Samaritan and helpful to others.


If relocating to a nearby shelter or to the home of a family member

or friend, drive with extra caution, especially on secondary roads.

Remember, many bridges and causeways will be closed once higher winds

arrive. Also, if you encounter water covering the road, seek an

alternate route. Always obey official road signs for closures and

detours.


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


NEXT UPDATE

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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather

Service in Tampa Bay Ruskin FL around 12 PM, or sooner if conditions

warrant.

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Hurricane Warning

Irma Local Watch/Warning Statement/Advisory Number 46

National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL  AL112017

1211 PM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

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1211 PM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

 

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

    - Lakeland

    - Winter Haven

    - Bartow

 

* WIND

    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Cat 1 Hurricane force wind

        - Peak Wind Forecast: 65-85 mph with gusts to 100 mph

        - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: until Monday

          afternoon

        - Window for Hurricane force winds: early this evening until

          early Monday morning

 

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Extreme

        - The wind threat has increased from the previous assessment.

        - Remain braced against the reasonable threat for major

          hurricane force wind greater than 110 mph of equivalent

          Category 3 intensity or higher.

        - To be safe, efforts should fully focus on protecting life.

          Properties remain subject to devastating to catastrophic

          wind impacts.

        - Now is the time to urgently hide from the wind. Failure to

          adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of

          life, or immense human suffering. Remain sheltered until

          the hazardous wind subsides. Be ready to quickly move to

          the safest place within your shelter if extreme wind

         warnings are issued.

 

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Unfolding

        - Potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.

 

* FLOODING RAIN

    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

        - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 8-12 inches, with locally

          higher amounts

 

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Extreme

        - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from

          the previous assessment.

        - Emergency considerations should include a threat of

          flooding.

        - Be safe and remain ready to protect against flooding rain

          impacts.

        - If flood related watches and warnings are in effect, heed

          recommended actions.

 

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Devastating to Catastrophic

        - Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations

          and rescues.

        - Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their

          banks in many places with deep moving water. Small streams,

          creeks, canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood

          control systems and barriers may become stressed.

        - Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple

          communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or

          washed away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover

          escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of

          raging water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions

          become very dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures

          with some weakened or washed out.

 

* TORNADO

    - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Tornado Watch is in effect

        - Situation is favorable for tornadoes

 

    - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Moderate

        - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the

          previous assessment.

        - Emergency considerations should include a reasonable threat

          for tornadoes.

        - Be safe and remain ready to protect against tornado

          impacts. Stay informed.

        - Listen for tornado watches and warnings. If a tornado

          approaches, quickly move to the safest place within your

          shelter.

 

    - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

        - The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the

          execution of emergency plans during tropical events.

        - Several places may experience tornado damage with a few

          spots of 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.

 

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    - http://www.weather.gov/tbw

 

Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 483

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

1200 PM EDT SUN SEP 10 2017

 

TORNADO WATCH 483 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1200 AM EDT FOR THE

FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

 

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.    FLORIDA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

 

ALACHUA              BAKER               BRADFORD

BREVARD              CHARLOTTE           CITRUS

CLAY                 COLUMBIA            DESOTO

DIXIE                DUVAL               FLAGLER

GILCHRIST            HAMILTON            HARDEE

HERNANDO             HIGHLANDS           HILLSBOROUGH

INDIAN RIVER         LAFAYETTE           LAKE

LEE                  LEVY                MANATEE

MARION               MARTIN              NASSAU

OKEECHOBEE           ORANGE              OSCEOLA

PASCO                PINELLAS            POLK

PUTNAM               SARASOTA            SEMINOLE

  1. JOHNS            ST. LUCIE           SUMTER

SUWANNEE             UNION               VOLUSIA

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Flood Warning

Flood Statement

National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL

1103 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

...The Flood Warning has been extended for the following

rivers in Florida...

 

  Withlacoochee At Trilby

  Withlacoochee River At Croom

  Withlacoochee At Holder

  Withlacoochee At Dunnellon

  Hillsborough River At Morris Bridge

  Hillsborough River Near Hillsborough River State Park

  Alafia River At Riverview

  Little Manatee River At Wimauma

  Manatee River Near Myakka Head

  Manatee River At Rye Bridge

  Peace River At Zolfo Springs

  Peace River At Arcadia

  Horse Creek Near Arcadia

  Anclote River At Elfers

 

...The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Florida...

 

  Alafia River At Lithia

  Myakka River At Myakka River State Park

  Peace River At Bartow

 

.The accumulated forecasted rainfall from Major Hurricane Irma is

still expected to bring widespread moderate to major flooding on most

area rivers across West Central Florida through the next several

days. Record crests are possible on a several rivers.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

Do not drive cars through flooded areas.

 

Stay tuned to developments by listening to NOAA Weather Radio. The

latest forecasts can also be found on weather.gov/tampabay. You can

follow NWSTampaBay on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

 

 

1103 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

The Flood Warning continues for

  The Peace River At Bartow

* From after midnight tomorrow through further notice.

* At 10 AM Sunday the stage was 7.1 feet.

* Flood stage is 8.0 feet.

* Forecast to rise above flood stage by after midnight tomorrow and

continue to rise to near 9.8 feet by Thursday evening. Additional

rises are possible thereafter.

* Impact...at 8.0 feet...Private roads downstream flood.

* Flood history...This crest compares to a previous crest of 9.7 feet

on Jun 22 1959.

 

              FLD        OBSERVED         FORECAST 8AM

LOCATION       STG   STG  DAY  TIME   Mon    Tue    Wed    Thu    Fri

 

Peace

Bartow        8.0   7.1  Sun 10 AM   8.3    9.0    9.5    9.7    9.8

 

 

 

LAT...LON 2791 8178 2762 8176 2762 8184 2791 8186

 

Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch

National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area - Ruskin FL

537 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON...

 

.Hurricane Irma will move over the state Today and Monday and

provide high amounts of rainfall. With already saturated

conditions in place across much of the area, this will allow for

the potential of flash flooding.

 

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Coastal Charlotte-Coastal Lee-Inland Levy-Inland Citrus-

Inland Hernando-Inland Pasco-Inland Hillsborough-Inland Manatee-

Inland Sarasota-Inland Charlotte-Inland Lee-

Including the cities of Wildwood, Lake Panasoffkee, Bushnell,

The Villages, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Lakeland,

Winter Haven, Wauchula, Bowling Green, Zolfo Springs, Sebring,

Avon Park, Placid Lakes, Arcadia, Cedar Key, Yankeetown,

Crystal River, Homosassa, Hernando Beach, Bayport, Port Richey,

Hudson, Tampa, Apollo Beach, Westchase, Bradenton,

Anna Maria Island, Venice, Sarasota, Englewood, Port Charlotte,

Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel, Chiefland, Bronson,

Williston, Inverness, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Dade City,

Zephyrhills, Brandon, Plant City, Sun City Center, Parrish,

Lakewood Ranch, Myakka City, North Port, Babcock Ranch,

Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres

537 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON...

 

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

 

* Portions of central Florida, northern Florida, south central

  Florida, southwest Florida, and west central Florida,

  including the following areas, in central Florida, Hardee,

  Polk, and Sumter. In northern Florida, Coastal Levy and Inland

  Levy. In south central Florida, DeSoto and Highlands. In

  southwest Florida, Coastal Charlotte, Coastal Lee, Inland

  Charlotte, and Inland Lee. In west central Florida, Coastal

  Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal

  Manatee, Coastal Pasco, Coastal Sarasota, Inland Citrus,

  Inland Hernando, Inland Hillsborough, Inland Manatee, Inland

  Pasco, Inland Sarasota, and Pinellas.

 

* Through Monday afternoon

 

* Hurricane Irma is expected to bring 8 to 15 inches of rain

  across the area with isolated amounts of up to 20 inches

  possible.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead

to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

 

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action

should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL

452 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

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Coastal Charlotte-Coastal Lee-Inland Levy-Inland Citrus-

Inland Hernando-Inland Pasco-Inland Hillsborough-Inland Manatee-

Inland Sarasota-Inland Charlotte-Inland Lee-Tampa Bay waters-

Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound-

Coastal waters from Tarpon Springs to Suwannee River FL out 20 NM-

Coastal waters from Englewood to Tarpon Springs FL out 20 NM-

Coastal waters from Bonita Beach to Englewood FL out 20 NM-

Waters from Tarpon Springs to Suwannee River FL out 20 to 60 NM-

Waters from Englewood to Tarpon Springs FL out 20 to 60 NM-

Waters from Bonita Beach to Englewood FL out 20 to 60 NM-

452 AM EDT Sun Sep 10 2017

 

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for West Central And Southwest

Florida.

 

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.

 

...TROPICAL IMPACT...

Hurricane Irma is forecast to track from south to north over the

western Florida peninsula late today through Monday morning.

There is a high threat for damaging winds, flash flooding, storm

surge, moderate to major river flooding, and a moderate risk of

tornadoes across the entire forecast area. See the latest

Hurricane Local Statement for expected county specific impacts.

 

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Monday through Saturday.

 

...TROPICAL IMPACT...

Hurricane Irma will lift north of Levy county Monday morning.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms will persist over west central

Florida in the wake of Irma...with gradually improving conditions

from south to north through the day.

 

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

 

Spotter activation will not be needed today. 

 

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