SUNDAY UPDATES: Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida; rain and wind begin in West Volusia

A gloomy scene in Downtown DeLand as Hurricane Irma approached Sunday evening.

A gloomy scene in Downtown DeLand as Hurricane Irma approached Sunday evening.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

Updates will be posted to this page throughout Sunday 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


 

5:36 p.m. update: NWS Melbourne updates hurricane warning for DeLand, Deltona area

... Hurricane Warning remains in effect... 

* locations affected
    - Deltona
    - De Land

* wind
    - latest local forecast: equivalent tropical storm force wind
        - peak wind forecast: 45-55 mph with gusts to 75 mph
        - window for tropical storm force winds: until Monday 
          afternoon

    - current threat to life and property: moderate
        - the wind threat has remained nearly steady from the 
          previous assessment.
        - Remain braced against the reasonable threat for strong 
          tropical storm force wind of 58 to 73 mph.
        - To be safe, efforts should fully focus on protecting life. 
          Properties remain subject to significant wind impacts.
        - Now is the time to hide from the wind. Failure to 
          adequately shelter may result in injury. Remain sheltered 
          until the hazardous wind subsides.

    - Potential impacts: unfolding
        - potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.

* Flooding rain
    - latest local forecast: Flood Watch is in effect
        - peak rainfall amounts: additional 6-10 inches, with locally 
          higher amounts

    - current threat to life and property: high
        - 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: extensive
        - major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and 
          rescues.
        - Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in 
          multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches 
          may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and 
          barriers may become stressed.
        - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple 
          communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or 
          washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover 
          escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of 
          moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions 
          become dangerous. Many 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 
          locations seeing 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:
    - family emergency plans: federal emergency management agency
        - https://www.Ready.Gov
    - local weather conditions and forecasts
        - http://www.Weather.Gov/mlb

5 p.m. update: Irma hits Southwest Florida hard; tropical-storm conditions expected in West Volusia overnight Sunday and Monday morning

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. advisory that Hurricane Irma was still a Category 3 storm, with winds of 110 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds (74 mph or more) extend up to 80 miles from the center, while tropical-storm force winds (39 mph or more) extend 220 miles out. 8 to 12 inches of rain can be expected from the storm, with amounts reaching 16 inches in isolated spots. Tornados also remain possible throughout portions of the central and eastern Florida peninsula.

Click here to read the full 5 p.m. advisory.


3 p.m. update: City of DeLand implements curfew

From Chris Graham, Community Information Specialist with the City of DeLand:

CITY OF DELAND IMPLEMENTING CURFEW AT 3 PM SUNDAY

The City of DeLand is implementing a curfew beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday until further notice as Hurricane Irma approaches the area.

The National Weather Service anticipates tropical storm-force winds will begin affecting the area around 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday and higher winds will begin from 11 p.m. Sunday through 10 a.m. Monday.

As the city is anticipating downed trees and power lines, residents are urged to stay indoors to allow first responders and power crews to respond to areas of need. Many injuries and deaths occur after a storm has passed because of downed power lines and standing water.

Officers will use discretion when they find residents violating curfew.

Please follow the @CityofDeLand on Facebook and Twitter for future announcements and when the curfew is lifted.

 


 

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