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Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning, but the storm still has the capability to bring heavy downpours and destructive winds to much of the southeastern United States.
Irma made a second landfall at Marco Island in southwest Florida at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday as a category 3 hurricane.
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 11, 2017
The storm is moving north with destructive 70 mile per hour (110 km/h) winds as it’s expected to continue moving north-northwest out of Florida and into southwest Georgia and Alabama from Monday into Tuesday.
— WESH 2 News (@WESH) September 11, 2017
Irma’s first landfall was at Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. ET on Sunday morning.
Current tropical storm warnings
Because Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, warnings have been changed from hurricane to tropical storm.
The NHC has issued a tropical storm warning for the following areas:
- Bonita Beach to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
- Jupiter Inlet to the South Santee River
- Lake Okeechobee
Deadly storm surge
Storm surge estimates range from 4-6 feet. Southwest Florida from Captiva to Cape Sable is slated to have the highest, with tapering amounts heading northward up Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
Current storm surge warnings include:
- South Santee River southward to the Flagler/Volusia County line
- Cape Sable northward to the Ochlockonee River
- Tampa Bay
As the storm weakens over land, Irma will bring tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph) and up to 8 inches of rain as far north as western North Carolina. Tropical storm warnings have been issued as far north as Atlanta.
With Irma’s remnants continuing to march inland, wide swaths of power outages are occurring and still expected. Officials expect power restorations to last for weeks.
Given the widespread damaging winds yesterday, downed trees and power lines will continue to be an issue. https://t.co/J2K7C9z82w
— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) September 12, 2017
UPDATE: There are approximately 800K customers without power. Pls visit https://t.co/Q1gIGDlLqD to track estimate restoration times.
— Georgia Power (@GeorgiaPower) September 12, 2017
States of emergency have been issued for the entire states of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the entire Florida Keys beginning early Wednesday.
In Florida, several low-lying areas near the coast have issued mandatory evacuations for certain zones and barrier islands.
In Georgia, mandatory evacuations have been ordered for all areas east of Interstate 95, including Chatham County, along with some areas west of I-95.
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday ordered all K-12 public schools and state colleges to close until Monday to allow for more space for shelters. Several school districts in Georgia, along with the University of Georgia & Georgia Southern have announced closures through at least Tuesday.
Limited air travel
Air transportation continues to be limited throughout the southern US and the Caribbean. The West Palm Beach Airport is scheduled to reopen at noon today, with Fort Lauderdale and Tampa’s airports expected to be closed at least through Monday. Miami International Airport will reopen on Tuesday with limited operations after the airport suffered some water damage.
— Ft. Laude-Hlwd Int'l (@FLLFlyer) September 11, 2017
Flights have already resumed at Providenciales airport in the Turks & Caicos, according to a statement posted to the airport’s Facebook page.
Nearly 1,000 flights have been canceled in Atlanta today, with Southwest Airlines canceling all flights after 1 p.m. today. Delta has also canceled 900 flights Monday out of its main hub, citing “strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits.”
“As is the case at all airports, Atlanta’s five runways are aligned with the prevailing wind, which generally blows from the east or west. Aircraft are best suited to take off and land into the wind for better performance. When the wind direction is perpendicular to the runway, it’s called a crosswind and can make landing challenging and potentially unsafe. A slight crosswind is allowable and can be safely managed, but a 40 mph or greater crosswind, as the storm is expected to bring in Atlanta, may exceed allowable limits.”
Delta, in a statement
However, Delta will operate a humanitarian flight to bring in recovery supplies to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Monday with 150 U.S. citizens taking a return flight to Atlanta. Delta says that they will fly more humanitarian flights in the Caribbean throughout the week.
Key messages from the National Hurricane Center
1. There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along portions of the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, where a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect.
2. Irma will continue to bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of central and north Florida, with hurricane-force winds near the center. Also, Irma is a large hurricane, and hurricane-force wind gusts and sustained tropical-storm force winds extend far from the
center. Wind hazards from Irma will continue to spread northward through Georgia and into portions of Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
3. Irma continues to produce very heavy rain and inland flooding across much of the northern peninsula and eastern panhandle of Florida and southern Georgia, which is quickly spreading to the rest of the southeast United States. Intense rainfall rates of 2 inches or more per hour is leading to flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams, and rivers. Significant river flooding is likely over the next five days in the Florida peninsula and southern Georgia, where average rainfall totals of 8 to 15 inches are expected. Significant river flooding is possible beginning Monday and Tuesday in much of central Georgia and southern South Carolina where average rainfall of 3 to 6 inches and isolated 10 inch amounts are expected. Portions of these states within the southern Appalachians will be especially vulnerable to flash flooding. Farther north and west, Irma is expected to produce average amounts of 2 to 4 inches in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee,
northern South Carolina and western North Carolina, where isolated higher amounts and local flooding may occur.
NHC forecast discussion, 5AM ET September 11
A record-setting storm
With a minimum pressure of 914 millibars recorded on early on September 6, Irma now has the lowest pressure recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Gulf of Mexico or western Caribbean.
— Eric Blake ? (@EricBlake12) September 10, 2017
The City of Jacksonville will remain closed tomorrow
— Grasswire Weather (@GrasswireWX) September 11, 2017
Service will remain suspended for Monday, 9/11. Crews have begun assessment of damages & inspections will be on-going throughout the day.
— Tri-Rail (@Tri_Rail) September 11, 2017
The Atlanta Streetcar and the region’s Xpress bus service are also suspended tomorrow
MARTA will suspend all bus and rail service for Monday, Sept. 11, ahead of the anticipated severe weather conditions.
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) September 11, 2017
All St. Thomas University operations, classes, programs and events will remain closed/cancelled through Tuesday, Sept. 12.
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) September 10, 2017
FIU is being used as a shelter for evacuees from the Florida Keys.
FIU is closed until further notice and all classes are canceled. There will be ample notice to return to campus. Stay safe!
— FIU (@FIU) September 10, 2017
Overheard on the scanner that I-4 is closed. Curfew starts in half an hour.
— Caitlin Doornbos (@CaitlinDoornbos) September 10, 2017
There are more than 630 shelters open across Florida, with more than 161,000 people staying in them, per state Division of Emergency Mgmt.
— Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron) September 10, 2017
UPDATE: More than 2 million customers now without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma slams the peninsula.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) September 10, 2017
More impact in South Florida: Miami says Irma peeled the roof off of an apt building near Biscayne Bay https://t.co/fpXYqqhStI
— Mark Berman (@markberman) September 10, 2017
— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 10, 2017
— Gideon J. Apé (@GideonApe) September 10, 2017
If you're in a building in the area of NE 3rd street & Biscayne Blvd facing the crane seek shelter in the opposite side of Bldg or stairwell
— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 10, 2017
Breaking: Emergency curfew for Manatee County today at 3 pm til tomorrow at 3pm.
— Jennifer Titus (@jenntitus10) September 10, 2017
Florida has more than 530 shelters open — including 70 for those w/ special needs — currently serving roughly 140,000 people, per governor
— Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron) September 10, 2017
All Indian River County bridges will close at noon today. PLEASE SHARE
— IRCSheriff (@IRCSheriff) September 10, 2017
A 24 hour curfew is being enacted for Manatee County beginning at 3pm Sunday afternoon (9/10).
— Manatee Sheriff (@ManateeSheriff) September 10, 2017
Irma's eye is at 24.5N,81.5W, which is straight south of Cudjoe Key. If it continues NW, then I think it would hit the Sugarloaf Key area.
— Frances Robles (@FrancesRobles) September 10, 2017
741AM: Key West office is experiencing frequent gusts 80-90MPH. Eye still sitting just offshore to our ENE.
— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) September 10, 2017
Marco Island Police and Marco Island Fire Rescue Departments are no longer responding to calls for service
— Marco Island PD (@MarcoIslandPD) September 10, 2017
Daylight now on the Beach. Today will be worstwith Irma. Curfew officially 8 pm – 7am, but everyone needs to stay indoors all day. Be safe!
— Daniel J. Oates (@MBPDChiefOates) September 10, 2017
– Miami-Dade: 109,320
– Broward: 49,210
– Keys: 2,860
— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) September 10, 2017
Reporter in Key West
Thoughts before I try and get a few hours sleep. We're staying in a 3-story concrete tank of a building, good for refuge from storm surge
— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305) September 10, 2017
Florida Governor Rick Scott said that 76,000 people are without power across the state.
At briefing, Miami-Dade mayor said curfews going up in cities with large areas covered by evac orders. Suburban county more full
— Doug Hanks (@doug_hanks) September 9, 2017
Two shelters still open in Collier, Temple Shalom 4630 Pine Ridge Rd & First Baptist Church of Naples 3000 Orange Blossom Dr. No Pets
— Collier County FL (@CollierPIO) September 9, 2017
Miami police now packing it in because of high winds, I'm told. Heading to nearest fire stations for duration of storm
— David Smiley (@NewsbySmiley) September 9, 2017
All drawbridges within Sarasota County will be ceasing operations at 7 a.m. Saturday. Bridges will be left in the "closed position."
— SCG Emergency Svcs (@scgovEOC) September 8, 2017
JUST IN: Navy deploys carrier Abe Lincoln for hurricane also 1 destroyer, 5 amphib, 27 helos on decks for ship to shore ops.
— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) September 8, 2017
UPDATE: FSU classes are now cancelled through Tues. On-campus housing and dining services will continue throughout the closure.
— Florida State Univ. (@floridastate) September 8, 2017
Officials in the British Virgin Islands say four people there have been killed by Hurricane Irma
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) September 8, 2017
MIA doesn't have a "closing" time. Airlines decide when last flight out will be. At that time, anyone still here will be brought to shelters
— Erica Rakow (@EricaRakow) September 8, 2017
— Steve Bowen (@SteveBowenWx) September 7, 2017
— Clark Evans (@ClarkEvansWx) September 7, 2017
Scott said that the Red Cross is sending 1,000 volunteers to Florida, but 17,000 are needed
Florida Governor Rick Scott said that 1,000 Florida National Guard members have been deployed.
Scott also said that an estimated 25,000 people have already evacuated from the Florida Keys.
According to Florida Governor Rick Scott, all hospitals in the Florida Keys will be evacuated by tomorrow.
According to WSB, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties.
Rubio advised residents to prepare to sustain themselves for 2-5 days because FEMA won't be able to enter Fla. immediately after storm hits
— NPR (@NPR) September 6, 2017
American Airlines press release, Wednesday September 6th:
The latest forecast projects Hurricane Irma to make landfall in South Florida this weekend. Operations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Sarasota and West Palm Beach will be canceled throughout the weekend. Flights originating from Europe and South America that were scheduled to arrive Friday have also been canceled. Please review our latest travel alert for more information.
Among the military installations in Irma's likely path: The four-star headquarters of U.S. Southern Command, which is west of Miami. https://t.co/jP28Hfo17H
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) September 6, 2017
As Hurricane Irma makes landfall, Navy evacuates 5,000 from Key West, National Guard prepares 14,000 to respond https://t.co/C9cOLbHq4F
— Nikki Wentling (@nikkiwentling) September 6, 2017
Monroe County mandatory evacuation for non-residents in effect,. Mandatory resident evacuation remains in effect beginning 7 p.m.
— City of Key West (@City_of_KeyWest) September 6, 2017
— FL Dept of Education (@EducationFL) September 6, 2017
Hurricane Irma: Navy evacuating 5,000 people from Key West today. Up to 60 will remain behind for "essential functions,” spokesman says
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) September 6, 2017
— Greg Dutra (@DutraWeather) September 6, 2017
The National Police of France have been mobilized on Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.
— Police Nationale (@PoliceNationale) September 6, 2017
#Irma is wrecking Saint Martin…
— Kurt Siegelin (@kurtsiegelin) September 6, 2017
Both St Maarten cameras are offline. Working on more amazing footage from the last moments of the Maho Cam before it went down (literally).
— PTZtv (@PTZtv) September 6, 2017
Here is a link to Miami-Dade evacuation zones. A and B face possible evacuations: https://t.co/9OMGsqmGLC
— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) September 5, 2017
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) September 5, 2017
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) September 5, 2017
— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) September 5, 2017
— Ryan Hickman (@ryanhickman) September 5, 2017
Emergency officials say a mandatory evacuation for Florida Keys residents is likely to be issued at some point, as well. #Irma
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 5, 2017
Florida Keys public schools closed Wed-until further noitice. #Irma
— Gwen Filosa (@KeyWestGwen) September 5, 2017
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) September 5, 2017
If you're in south Florida, you should be preparing with a sense of urgency and purpose. Hoping Irma misses is not a good enough plan.
— Taylor Trogdon (@TTrogdon) September 5, 2017