Florida State Governor, Rick Scott, calls a state of emergency
At approximately 4:30 PM on September 4th, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order calling for a state of emergency to enable local and county governments to begin cooperative planning with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to establish the framework necessary to recover from natural disaster. To review the entire 11-page order, please click this link.
Governor Scott broadcast news of the order via Twitter around 6 PM stating that “I have declared a state of emergency for every FL county to help state, federal and local governments work together as we prepare for #Irma. I urge all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit http://FLGetAPlan.com today to get prepared.”
Earlier in the day, on Labor Day, Governor Scott warned residents, “Use today to buy hurricane supplies and make sure disaster kits are ready. Be prepared for Hurricane Irma now.”
Some residents in the Suncoast Region have started to heed Scott’s advice. At the Wal-Mart in Inverness, for example, shelves that once stocked cases of water, were now empty.
Long-term models start converging
Three separate long-term forecast models have placed Hurricane Irma in very close proximity on the Florida Peninsula five days out.
Latest Spaghetti models
At press time, 15 of 20 model tracks now indicate Hurricane Irma landfall somewhere on the Florida peninsula.
Hurricane Irma Alerts, hurricane warnings have been issued for Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
A tropical storm watch has been issued for the island of Dominica. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Guadeloupe in the Leeward Islands. A hurricane warning has been issued for the following islands and territories: Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Projected HMON model predicts a monster threatening South Florida
With a projected historic low pressure for Atlantic Basin hurricanes at 877 millibars and a possible wind velocity of 149 knots or 171 MPH, Hurricane Irma may make landfall as a Category 5 storm.
The response from local governments
The Suncoast Standard will reach out to local governments in Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter Counties in order to share pertinent information with Suncoast Region residents.
Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on September 5, 2017 at 2:38 AM
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