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Tracking Hurricane Irma

Gov. Scott and HHS Sec. Price Discuss Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts in the Fla. Keys

MARATHON, Fla. – Today, September 18th, 2017 Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price met with local and state officials in Monroe County to discuss Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts in the Florida Keys. See...
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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Offers Full Support to Ensure the Life Safety of Floridians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, September 16th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott took emergency actions requiring the immediate installation of life-safety features in assisted living facilities and nursing homes following eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at...
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I-75 will Remain Open

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, September 14th 2017, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that I-75 will remain open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do...
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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew conducts Hurricane Irma relief efforts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton began conducting Hurricane Irma relief efforts Tuesday on the east coast of Florida. The Hamilton crew arrived off the coast of Jacksonville early Tuesday morning, after battling through the...
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Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, September 12th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott toured impacts of Hurricane Irma in Lee County with City of Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons and Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, and joined Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen....
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Gulf Coast State College – Update 730pm cdt 9.12.17

Tue, Sep 12, 2017 09:59:21 All Gulf Coast State College campuses will re-open for normal business hours, classes and activities Wednesday, September 13, 2017.   Sign Up for the Gulf Coast State College Alert System...
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Gov. Scott: More Fuel and Restoring Power is Florida’s Top Priority

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, September 12th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott made it clear that Florida’s top priorities continue to be getting fuel delivered to gas stations and getting power turned back on for 100 percent of homes and businesses. While...
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Gulf Power crews at the ready for possible storm outages

Gulf Power crews at the ready for possible storm outages Pensacola, Florida - While much of Florida braces for Hurricane Irma’s trek up the western coast of the state, Gulf Power has activated its McCrary Storm Center and is monitoring the storm and...
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Gov. Rick Scott: President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, just hours after Governor Rick Scott’s request, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration. This declaration authorizes federal funding to flow directly to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma and reimburses...
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FSU-PC Closure Update 9.10.17

Panama City, Florida - FSU-PC Closure Extended thru Friday, September 15th, 2017 Updated 1:45 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 Based on the most recent forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Florida State University is extending its current closure through...
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Understanding the difference between National Weather Service watches and warnings is critical to being prepared for any dangerous weather hazard, including hurricanes.

watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It literally means “be on guard!” During a weather watch, gather awareness of the specific threat and prepare for action – monitor the weather to find out if severe weather conditions have deteriorated and discuss your protective action plans with your family.

warning requires immediate action. This means a weather hazard is imminent – it is either occurring (a tornado has been spotted, for example) – or it is about to occur at any moment. During a weather warning, it is important to take action: grab the emergency kit you have prepared in advance and head to safety immediately. Both watches and warnings are important, but warnings are more urgent.

Hurricane / Tropical Storm Alerts

    • Tropical Storm Watch: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are possible within the specified area.
    • Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.

Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Action: During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.

    • Tropical Storm Warning: An announcement that tropical-storm conditions are expected within the specified area.
    • Hurricane Warning: An announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.

Because outside preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Action: During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.

  • Extreme Wind Warning – Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eyewall, are expected to begin within an hour.Action: Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Additional Watches and Warnings may be issued to provide detailed information on specific threats such as floods and tornadoes. Local National Weather Service offices issue Flash Flood/Flood Watches and Warnings as well as Tornado Warnings.

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