Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, has Florida in its cone. If you live in South Florida you should prepare for this hurricane.
- Floridians should heed any evacuation order, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday. “(A) storm surge could cover your house. We can rebuild homes — we cannot rebuild your family,” he said.
Latest Updates about Hurricane Irma in South Florida
This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).
- Florida is shutting down nuclear power plants
- There’s a two-hour wait for sandbags in central Florida
- Hurricane watches have been issued for parts of Florida. For more info click here.
- At least two people have died and two others have been seriously injured in the French islands of St. Barts and St. Martin following Hurricane Irma, French Overseas Affairs Minister Annick Girardin told reporters.
- The square mileage of Irma’s tropical storm force winds. That’s roughly the same area as the state of Florida.
- Supplies are already running low around the state. The governor says he’s working to restock stores.
- 25,000 people have already evacuated from the Florida Keys, Gov. Rick Scott says http://snpy.tv/2w7WpE0
- It’s too early to tell whether it will make landfall on the US mainland, but forecasts show it could turn toward Florida over the weekend.
- American Airlines cancels flights through weekend
- An hours-long wait for water in Broward County
- President Donald Trump has declared that an emergency exists in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and ordered federal assistance to supplement the response efforts in those areas. He also declared the emergency status in Florida and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the hurricane.
Information from WhiteHouse.gov.
- Miami-Dade County starts evacuating special-needs residents today( Wednesday, 09/06/2017), and may announce other evacuations soon, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
- Public schools and county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. Including colleges.
- Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, was ordering visitors to evacuate by sunrise Wednesday, and residents should begin to evacuate 12 hours later.
- Palm Beach County is experiencing low supplies in water
- The east coast of Florida is likely to feel the ferocious punch of Hurricane Irma’s outer bands on Saturday, and the storm could rumble very near or pass over Miami on Sunday, forecast models show.
- In Broward County, Florida, a mandatory evacuation will go into effect at noon Thursday for areas east of Federal Highway, Mayor Barbara Sharief said. The evacuation zone includes low-lying areas and mobile homes in the county, which includes Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Pompano and Deerfield beaches.
- Several high-profile sports games have been postponed in Florida because of the storm, including NFL’s Buccaneers-Dolphins match that had been scheduled for Sunday in Miami.