SATURDAY UPDATES: Irma draws closer to Florida, still a serious storm

An image of Hurricane Irma taken 11 a.m. from a weather satellite.

An image of Hurricane Irma taken 11 a.m. from a weather satellite.

COURTESY NOAA

Updates will be posted to this page throughout Saturday as we recieve news, with the newest news on the top of the page. If you have storm-related information to share with The Beacon, please e-mail anthony@beacononlinenews.com.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FORECAST FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE VOLUSIA COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION NETWORK (includes shelter locations)

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS, WITH A LIST OF CANCELLATIONS DUE TO IRMA



10 p.m.: Timing on local impacts

Chris Graham, community information officer for the City of DeLand, said the following on the city's Facebook page:

To give our residents a better timeline of when adverse weather is expected to start affecting DeLand, the National Weather Service expects tropical storm force winds starting at 3 p.m. Sunday and more damaging winds from 10 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday.

The most important thing to remember is stay inside even if you feel there is a lull in the storm. Most injuries and deaths happen after the storm has passed. Please give first responders a chance to ensure it is safe for everyone.

Please be patient and we're going to get through this!

 

6:05 p.m.: NWS Melbourne says flooding rains possible

Dangerous Hurricane Irma is moving west northwest away from the north
coast of Cuba and is forecast to approach the southwest Florida coast
as a major hurricane Sunday morning. Irma is forecast to move over the
Western Florida peninsula Sunday through early Monday morning as a
strong hurricane.

Winds will gust to tropical storm force as fast-moving squalls move
onshore tonight, increasing in frequency and intensity overnight as the
outer rainbands of Irma spread north. Given the current forecast track,
a period of damaging winds is expected across ALL of east central
Florida Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

The potential for flooding rain associated with repeated squalls, will
increase across east central Florida overnight but especially early on
Sunday and into Monday. Although Irma will be moving steadily forward,
it will produce 8 to 12 inches of rain with locally higher amounts up
to 16 inches.

Additionally, squalls well ahead of the center of the storm will bring
an increasing chance for the development of tornadoes tonight and
especially Sunday.

Surf conditions will remain hazardous as large swells bring high surf
and increasingly strong rip currents. Moderate to significant beach
erosion will ensue, and become progressively worse throughout the
remainder of the weekend and into Monday.

View the full Hurricane Local Statement here. 


4:10 p.m. Updates from DeLand and Deltona

DeLand

The City of DeLand will open its Citizen Information Center at noon. The number is 386-626-7000. Those wishing to volunteer with cleanup efforts and post-storm sheltering may call the CIC.

Deltona

Around your house: If you can move it, bring it inside. Residents should store patio furniture, grills, planters, Waste Pro bins, etc., inside until after the storm. Residents should not take household garbage, bulk waste or lawn debris to the curb for collection.

Garbage collection: Waste Pro will not have collection on Monday, Sept. 11. Monday's collections will be collected on Tuesday, and all scheduled collections will roll one day as if it were a holiday.

Closures: Deltona City Hall administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11. All city parks are closed and will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 12, if possible.

For more information, call the city's Citizen Information Center at 386-878-8511 with storm-related questions.

 


11 a.m. Saturday update

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said Irma had weakened to a category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph and gusts of up to 155 mph, located 175 miles southeast of Key West. The storm track continues to take the center of the storm over or near the west coast of Florida. However, the storm is very wide and expected to impact the entire Florida peninsula. The NHC expected the storm to re-strengthen once it moves further away from Cuba and into the Florida Straits.

Many shelters in Volusia County opened at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the remainder set to open at noon. Click here or a complete list of locations.

Halifax Health announced Friday evening:

Halifax Health Emergency Departments in Daytona Beach, Port Orange and Deltona will continue to remain open 24 hours a day throughout the Hurricane Irma storm period to take care of those in need of medical care.

All Halifax Health outpatient offices will be closed effective Saturday, September 9 until further notice.

 

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