Irma Watch Begins – Florida Governor Declares Anticipatory “State of Emergency”…

Hurricane Irma is churning through the south Atlantic and has been upgraded to a category FOUR storm.  Wind speeds have increased to 130 MPH and it is heading almost due East from it’s current location: latitude 16.7 North, longitude 54.4 West.  Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.  –ADVISORY HERE

After review of the storm path over the last 12 hours, Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency.  There are strong indications that Florida will be impacted by this storm; however, the exact location of that impact remains unknown.  All initial preparations should be underway for all residents in the path of this storm.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all of Florida’s 67 counties in response to Hurricane Irma Monday. The governor wants to ensure local governments have ample time, resources, and flexibility to get prepared.

“Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared,” said Governor Scott. “I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.

Today, given these forecasts and the intensity of this storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm.

In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared. This state of emergency allows our emergency management officials to act swiftly in the best interest of Floridians without the burden of bureaucracy or red tape.

“In Florida, we know that the best way to protect our families in severe weather is to have a plan. I urge all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit today as we all prepare for Hurricane Irma. We will keep monitoring and issuing updates on Hurricane Irma as it approaches Florida.” (link)

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133 Responses to Irma Watch Begins – Florida Governor Declares Anticipatory “State of Emergency”…

  1. smiley says:

    here’s a 2am ensemble from a very reliable source..

    unfortunately, that projection has IRMA’s projected ensemble track cutting thru FL, moving NORTH, slightly more west than yesterday’s…looking perilous for those of us in SWFL.

    I honestly do not know where to evacuate .

    Liked by 1 person

    • filia.aurea says:

      Based on the Ensemble Map, your predicament is understandable. I’m in N.C., just trying to get outdoors organized. Looks like high pressure systems pushing this monster your way. Irma’s being followed up the rear by another one. This has all the makings of a very tough hurricane season.

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      • smiley says:

        can’t even think about JOSE…altho a few days ago, it was being said that IRMA could reduce the strength of JOSE.

        I can not cope with the GET OUT NOW ! hype.

        thing is…if you are going to evacuate, you should do it NOW and not wait til “the last minute” even tho it’s often not til that last minute that you KNOW what these storms are actually going to do…and WHERE they are actually going !

        this IRMA nightmare has been consistently shifting further WEST ( and SOUTH) since it first came on the radar…I’ve been following this FOR DAYS now.

        it all depends on that “trough” moving from the west across the USA, steering this thing either further south (and west) or further north (and east).


        • smiley says:

          and…you definitely do not want to be on the EASTERN or NORTH EASTERN side of this storm, as it circulates,,,IOW, if it is circulating along the WEST coast of Florida, that’s NOT good.

          if it circulates along the EAST coast, that’s less bad…that would mean the less forceful side of the storm’s circulation is along land.

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    • deqwik2 says:

      Long trip but come toward Pensacola or the Fla – Alabama line. They said the wind field is wide & pay attention to that because it will cause lots of damage. It will be spread wide & far from eye.

      Hopefully it will turn right far enough for the gulf side of Fla to be ok.


  2. Presyous says:

    Praying for everyone in the path of Irma


  3. Susan in VA says:

    Not entirely sure of the veracity of this article, after all it’s the Daily Caller, but if true this will be establishing a horrendous precedence as an attack on our Second Amendment freedoms that the Left will use extensively in other states/cities.


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