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Dangerous storm surge is expected across far South Florida, including the Naples and Miami areas, the Florida Keys, and the Everglades. There is the potential for water heights of 9 or more feet above ground level in some coastal areas from Cape Coral/Fort Myers to the Everglades, as well as along parts of Biscayne Bay. The surge may be highly variable and quickly changing along and near Biscayne Bay in the Miami area. In southwest Florida, the surge may be greatest during the southwesterly onshore winds after Irma has passed just to the north.
Although NHC has not yet posted a Storm Surge Watch for the coast of northern Florida, Georgia, and southern South Carolina, the concave coastline in this area tends to concentrate storm surge, and a significant surge may occur there. This surge is likely to be less than that of Hurricane Matthew of last year, though.
Power outages will affect millions of Floridians and could last for days or weeks.
think something like a third of our states population has already either left or is on the road now.
In order to be admitted to a special needs shelter you will need to complete an ev aluation form prior to an emergency and meet certain eligibility requirements. Once you have completed the evaluation form, you will be contacted for more information and your medical needs and eligibility will be assessed. If you are eligible to be admitted to a special needs shelter you will be assigned to one of three shelters. If you do not qualify for a special needs shelter, other options will be discussed with you.
To register for a special needs shelter and/or transportation, select one of the following options:
Call the Hillsborough County Health Department at 813-307-8063
Call your home health care provider
Complete an evaluation form (English form and Spanish form) and mail or fax to:
Hillsborough County Health Department
P.O. Box 5135
Tampa, FL 33675-5135
Mandatory Evacuation for Zone A Ahead of Hurricane Irma
Hillsborough County has issued a mandatory evacuation for Evacuation Zone A starting at 8 a.m. today. The County has opened 16 shelters for residents in Evacuation Zone A, and whose homes are vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, and for manufactured homes that are susceptible to wind damage.
Below is the list of shelters now open to residents:
Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd Street in Tampa
Simmons Career Center, 1202 W Grant Street in Plant City
Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways in Ruskin (Pet-Friendly) - FULL
Pizzo Elementary School, 11701 Bull Run in Tampa
Cypress Creek Elementary School, 400 19th Ave NE in Ruskin
Hammond Elementary School, 8008 N Mobley Road in Odessa
Sessums Elementary School, 11525 Ramble Creek Drive in Tampa
Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd in Tampa (Pet-Friendly)
Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria Street in Brandon
Smith, Sgt. Paul Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive in Tampa (Pet-Friendly)
Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road in Seffner (Pet-Friendly)
Valrico Elementary School, 609 South Miller Road in Valrico
Summerfield Crossings Elementary School, 11050 Fairway Meadow Road in Valrico
Greco Middle School, 6925 East Fowler Ave in Temple Terrace
Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road in Dover (Special Needs Only)
SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa (Special Needs Only)
The special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.
Residents bringing pets to one of the four pet-friendly shelters need to bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around, as well as a collar with a leash and supplies for each pet to last seven days. More information on how residents can prepare their pets can be found here - Pet Disaster Planning.
Residents can confirm evacuation zones and register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system, at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe or by calling (813) 272-5900.
originally posted by: violet
In that video on page 5 ( no hype one) I think it said it would skirt Cuba, a direct hit was uncertain. I'm on pause watching it. Very long video, but good.
Hurricane Irma Discussion Number 42
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
1100 AM EDT Sat Sep 09 2017
The interaction of Irma's circulation with Cuba has resulted in some weakening of the hurricane. Data from an Air Force plane indicate that the maximum winds are now 110 kt. However, once the circulation moves away from Cuba, restrengthening is forecast and Irma is expected to remain a very dangerous hurricane for the next 2 days while moving very near the Florida peninsula.
The eye has been moving toward the west or 280 degrees at about 8 kt. The hurricane is about the reach the southwestern portion of the subtropical high, and the expected turn to the northwest and north-northwest should begin soon. The track guidance is tightly packed and takes the hurricane over the Florida Keys and near or over the Florida Peninsula. The NHC forecast is in the middle of the guidance envelope and given the good agreement among models, the confidence in the track forecast is high.
Irma is now under the scope of Key West radar, so hourly updates will begin at 1600 UTC.
1. Irma will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to portions of the Bahamas and the north coast of Cuba, especially over the adjacent Cuban Keys, through tonight.
2. Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane, bringing life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center. Wind hazards from Irma are also expected to spread northward along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina where a Hurricane Watch has been issued.
3. There is an imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding in portions of central and southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect. The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected. This is a life-threatening situation and everyone in these areas should immediately follow any evacuation instructions
from local officials.
4. Irma is expected to produce very heavy rain and inland flooding.Total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with isolated amounts of between 20 and 25 inches, are expected over the Florida Keys, the Florida peninsula, and southeast Georgia from Saturday through Monday. Significant river flooding is possible in these areas. Early next week Irma will also bring periods of heavy rain to much of the southeast United States where an average of 2 to 6 inches is forecast, with isolated higher amounts, from North and South Carolina to Tennessee and eastern Alabama. This includes some mountainous areas which are more prone to flash flooding. Residents throughout the southeast states should remain aware of the flood threat and stay tuned to forecasts and warnings.
originally posted by: flatbush71
I was just viewing a lot of the live street cams in and around Key West, there is still a lot of people moving around.
I don't what to think about it anymore.
originally posted by: Diabolical1972
Saw a whole bunch of ducks flying west, man were they loud. You never see ducks flying this way.