Tropical Weather Briefing
Major Hurricane Irma (#3)
Orange County Office of Emergency Management
September 7, 2017 – 17:30 EDT
Tropical Weather Update: Hurricane Irma is a major Category 5 storm. It has caused severe, catastrophic damage in the Caribbean. The track of the storm is still speculative. There will be impacts to Orange County, but it is still too early to predict.
Orange County Impacts: Based on the 5pm advisory, the storm is forecast to make landfall in South Florida Sunday morning. Due to the size and intensity of the storm, we can expect Tropical Storm force winds as early as Sunday morning.
Local State of Emergency:
Mayor Jacobs has signed a local state of emergency. This declaration is a pro-active emergency management protocol, and is NOT prompted by any new storm related information. Through the execution of this document, Orange County will be positioned to access emergency resources necessary for the health, safety and welfare of its residents, guests and businesses.
NO SHELTERS CURRENTLY OPEN. A shelter plan is being assessed and will go into effect sometime this weekend.
SANDBAG OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 7PM TONIGHT AND 7-7 TOMORROW. Visit www.ocfl.net/sandbags for locations. Due to high demand cars currently in line might not get in before 7 and will be turned away.
NO CURFEWS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
NO EVACUATIONS FOR ORANGE COUNTY. Coastal areas are evacuating.
Orange County Actions
• The Orange County Emergency Operations Center was staffed at Level 2 today until 6PM.
The EOC will be at Level 2 tomorrow from 8-6 with the following ESFs:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20
We anticipate full, Level 1 activation this weekend.
• This storm will affect a portion of or most of the State of Florida and as such, Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency for the whole state and the State EOC has been activated to Level 1.