Latest Hurricane Irma Information: September 8th, 12 AM Update

Hurricane Irma
Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Hurricane Center 5-Day Forecast Cone Shifts Further West

Hurricane Irma top sustained winds drop as predicted, down to 165 MPH

Even with the drop in top sustained wind speed, Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 hurricane.

Basic Information as of September 7

Center location: 31.3 N 72.4 W

Maximum Sustained wind: 165 MPH

Movement: WNW at 16 MPH

Hurricane Irma
Photo: South Florida Water Management District – September 7th, 11:51 PM

16 of 20 tracks now impact the Florida peninsula. 8 of the 16 tracks go directly over the Suncoast region.

Hernando County issues latest emergency operations center storm report

Click on this link to read it in its entirety.

Various ensemble models also show convergence over Suncoast Region

Hurricane Irma
Photo:  JMA Hurricane Model
Hurricane Irma
Photo: ECMWF Hurricane Model
Hurricane Irma
Photo: GFS Hurricane Model

The Suncoast Standard receives a message from the USDA

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a press release Tuesday that has critical information your readers will need in preparation for Hurricane Irma, including links to “A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes” and our Twitter @USDAFoodSafety and Facebook accounts.

Both social media accounts are currently promoting the “Food Safety Before, During After a Power Outage” infographic, which you are more than welcome to reprint and/or link your readers to via social media. We also have a toll-free hotline (1-888-MP-HOTLINE or set up for consumers who may have questions about food handling.

The Citrus County Animal Shelter is in critical need of supplies

As reported on the Citrus BOCC website, in its entirety:

“Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Irma on Citrus County the Animal Shelter (Citrus County Animal Services) is anticipating an influx of homeless and stray animals. Additional donations of critical items will be needed to care for animals and their comfort during the storm and during recovery efforts. Below is a list of items needed:

  • Towels, blankets, wash cloths, and bath mats
  • Clorox bleach
  • Dawn Dish soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Mini fridge for medications for sick animals in isolation ward
  • Baby scale for our isolation ward to monitor weights
  • Canned cat food

Donations can be dropped off at the Animal Shelter, 4030 S. Airport Rd. Inverness 34450. For more information on how you can help call the Animal Shelter office at 352-746-8400.”

Shelters set to open throughout the Suncoast Region on Friday, September 8th

Click on the Suncoast Standard’s Hurricane Irma Info page for shelter information or simply click this link.

Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on September 8th at 12:39 AM

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