TALLAHASSEE - The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has updated its previous Tropical Storm.
The follow locations are now under a Tropical Storm Warning which now includes the following locations: warning for the areas: Inland Dixie, Inland Taylor, Lafayette, and Madison.
The following locations are under a Tropical Storm Watch: Calhoun, Central Walton, Coastal Bay, Coastal Gulf, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Holmes, Houston, Inland Bay, Inland Gulf, Jackson, North Walton, South Walton, and Washington
A Storm Surge Watch have been issued for Coastal Dixie, Coastal Taylor, Coastal Jefferson. and Coastal Wakulla
At 11 a.m., Hurricane Irma was located about 600 miles south-southeast of Tallahassee with winds of about 125 mph, moving west (280 degrees) at 9 mph.
Irma is expected to have a significant impact across a large portion of the Florida big bend and southern Georgia with widespread wind damage to numerous trees and power lines. Widespread and extended power outages are possible.
Winds of at least 40 MPH may begin as early as Sunday evening, but the worst conditions in will be on Monday with wind gusts well above hurricane force possible. Such winds can bring down large tree limbs, trees, and power lines, leading to power outages and impassable roads. The strongest winds are likely to be east of the Apalachicola and Chattahoochee Rivers. Conditions will gradually improve Monday night as a weakening tropical storm Irma moves northward into central Georgia.
WIND: Protect against life-threatening wind having possible devastating impacts across the Eastern Big Bend of Florida. Potential impacts in this area include:
Widespread structural damage to buildings in the area. Numerous with complete roof and wall failures. All mobile homes destroyed.
Damage greatly increased by large airborne projectiles. Locations affected may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Large swaths of trees snapped uprooted with roadway signs blown over.
Nearly all primary and all secondary roads will be impassable.
Widespread power and communication outages; potentially lasting for weeks.
Also, protect against life-threatening wind having possible limited to extensive impacts across inland North Florida and Southwest Georgia.
Potential impacts in this area include:
Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted with roadway signs blown over.
Some primary and many secondary roads are impassible due to debris.
Significant power and communication outages; potentially lasting for weeks.
SURGE: Protect against life-threatening surge having possible significant impacts along the coast of the Florida Big Bend. Potential impacts in this area include:
Areas of inundation from storm surge flooding, compounded by higher waves. Non-elevated homes and businesses along the coast will be subject to flooding primarily on the ground floor.
Sections of coastal highways and access roads will be flooded with portions washed out, isolating affected coastal communities.
Moderate beach erosion with damage to the dune line.
Moderate damage to marinas, docks, and piers. Small craft not secured prior to the storm will break away from moorings.
Elsewhere across Eastern Florida Panhandle, Florida Big Bend, Southeastern Alabama and Southwestern Georgia, little to no impact is anticipated.
FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Eastern Florida Panhandle, Florida Big Bend, Southeastern Alabama and Southwestern Georgia. Potential impacts include:
Moderate flooding from rainfall will prompt extra preparation to protect property from flooding in low lying areas. Isolated evacuations may become necessary.
Rivers and associated tributary creeks and streams will rise to bankfull levels and possibly reach flood stage. Runoff will fill area holding ponds and drainage ditches, increasing the
potential for urban flooding with additional rainfall.
Flood waters will approach structures in low lying areas. Urban flooding will result in isolated road closures. Dangerous driving conditions.
TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across portions of South Central Georgia and the Eastern Big Bend of Florida. Potential impacts include:
Isolated tornadoes are expected, resulting in a notable impact to affected communities.
Isolated areas affected by tornadoes will experience minor damage, including some damage to structures and sporadic power and communication outages.
A few structures will be damaged by tornadoes, mainly with loss of shingles or siding. Some mobile homes will be significantly damaged, especially those unanchored. Large trees will be snapped or uprooted.
Elsewhere across Eastern Florida Panhandle, Florida Big Bend, Southeastern Alabama And Southwestern Georgia, little to no impact is anticipated.
EVACUATIONS: For those under evacuation orders, leave as soon as practical with a destination in mind. Gas up your vehicle well ahead of time. Be sure that you take all essential materials from your emergency supplies kit. Let others know where you are going and when you intend to arrive.
For those not under evacuation orders, understand that there are inherent risks to evacuation (such as traffic congestion, accidents, and driving in bad weather), so evacuate only if necessary. Help keep roadways open for those that are under evacuation orders.
OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to bring to completion all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan.
Outside preparations should be wrapped up as soon as possible before weather conditions completely deteriorate. Any remaining evacuations and relocations should be expedited before the onset of tropical storm force wind.
If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible. If heading to a community shelter, become familiar with the shelter rules before arrival, especially if you have special needs or own a pet. Take essential items with you from your Emergency Supplies Kit. Check the latest weather forecast before departing.
If you are a visitor and still in the area, listen for the name of the city or town in which you are staying within local news updates. Be sure you know the name of the county or parish in which it resides. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities.
Closely monitor NOAA Weather radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast.