LIVE UPDATES: Hurricane Irma Coverage

Sep 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
Credit NOAA

WFSU is following the path of Hurricane Irma. Check back here for regular updates.

We’d like to hear from you before, during and after the storm. If you’re in a safe place, here’s how you can reach us:

  • Call us at 850-414-1234 during our live shows
  • Reach us on Facebook or on twitter @WFSUmedia
  • Email: fpr@wfsu.org with your name, location and your situation.
  • Tallahassee residents, report power outages on the DigiTally app.

UPDATE: September 11 at 5:25 pm

Brakkton Booker, NPR producer/reporter, was at WFSU during Irma. Listen to his story about the individuals and businesses still without power.

Millions Remain Without Power After Hurricane Irma Swept Across Florida

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, more than 6.5 million customers in Florida are left without power. Eric Silagy, CEO of Florida Power & Light, which provides electricity to half the state, said on Monday that residents need to be prepared for "prolonged and extended outages."

UPDATE: September 11 at 4:45 pm

Leon County Officials keep curfew tonight.

County Officials Keep Curfew In Place After Irma

Tropical storm Irma may have departed, but a law enforcement-imposed curfew is still in place for Leon County residents. County officials are asking residents to stay off the roads after 9:00 PM Monday and Tuesday night. The curfew extends to 7:00 AM the following morning.

WJCT's News Director had to be rescued from her home in Jacksonville.

Storm Surge Floods Jacksonville, Forces WJCT News Director To Evacuate By Boat

Jacksonville is seeing record-breaking flooding as storm surge pushes the St. Johns River over its banks. One person feeling the effects from Irma is Jessica Palombo, news director at member station WJCT. First responders had to rescue Jessica Palombo from her home by boat.

Here's an update on power restoration in the Big Bend:

Big Bend Power Restoration Begins

Across Florida, more than 64% of households are without power after Irma churned through the state. Here's an update on the efforts to restore utilities in the Big Bend. Utility companies are back to work across the Panhandle from Dixie County up to Jefferson and over to Calhoun.

Local businesses, including Gaines Street Pies, are offering up hot meals for those in shelters.

Tallahassee businesses offer hot meals to those in hurricane shelters

It could have been worse, much worse. But Irma spared Tallahassee and several thankful local businesses pitched in to provide free hot meals for out of town evacuees and local residents in shelters. The mayor's office is organizing efforts. By Monday afternoon Gaines Street Pies, Burrito Border, El Jalisco and McDonald's agreed to provide 1,200 meals later in the evening.

UPDATE: September 11 at 3:45 pm

Governor Rick Scott gives update on Irma.

UPDATE: September 11 at 3:30 pm

Leon County still under curfew tonight from today at 9 pm until Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 am. Please stay home so crew can continue working.

After Irma, Curfew Remains in Effect

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For the latest updates when city and Leon county offices reopen:

Leon County Emergency Information Portal

Welcome to Leon County's Emergency Information Portal. Here you will find useful tips on protecting you and your family in the event natural or man-made disasters occur in Leon County. On the left-hand navigation panel you will find links to resources for preparation, response and recovery information.

UPDATE: September 11 at 3:10 pm

WUFT reports that NO fuel has been delivered. If you are driving through Gainesville, please be aware.

UPDATE: September 11 at 2:50 pm

Latest information from Key West. Monroe County schools are closed indefinitely as they survey damage done by Irma.

What's Happening In The Florida Keys: Dispatches After Hurricane Irma

Information about Hurricane Irma's impact on the Florida Keys is just starting to trickle in, and early reports indicate the damage may be particularly severe in the Middle and Upper Keys. WLRN News and its partners have reporters on the ground throughout the islands. We will be posting their updates as they come in.

Florida Keys Hit Hard By Irma

Officials in the Florida Keys are beginning to assess the damage in areas where Irma made landfall Sunday.

UPDATE: September 11 at 2:40 pm

Latest information from Talquin Electric:

For the latest in road blockage in Leon County, check out the following:

Irma: These roads are closed or obstructed

The city of Tallahassee and Leon County have provided "frequently updated lists" of all road closures and obstructions due to Hurricane Irma. Consider avoiding these roadways.

UPDATE: September 11 at 2:10 pm

File hurricane damage quickly and document everything.

State Farm: File Claim Quickly, Photograph Damage

Florida's largest private insurer is urging customers to file claims as quickly as possible in the wake of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irma. State Farm spokeswoman Michal Brower also urges customers to document any damage with photos or videos. State Farm spokeswoman Michal Brower also urges customers to document any damage with photos or videos.

UPDATE: September 11 at 2:00 pm

Roads blocked, but no major damage in Wakulla County

Wakulla officials reporting blocked roads, no major damage

Wakulla County officials are reporting a few dozen downed trees after Tropical Storm Irma, some of which are blocking roads. Do major damage to buildings either by wind or felled trees is being reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office, however officials do expect those numbers to go up as overall damage is assessed.

UPDATE: September 11 at 1:45 pm

Dolphins being rescued by reporters in Marco Island.

UPDATE: September 11 at 1:30 pm

As people return home from Hurricane Irma, if you are able, please help your fellow neighbors.

Curfews around the state are starting to be lifted. However, caution is still advised and if you don't have to travel, please don't. Please check with your local county for restrictions they may still have in place.

UPDATE: September 11 at 1:15 pm

GPB, in Atlanta, continues to monitor Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma: Tropical Storm Warning Remains In Effect; Georgia Coast Under Storm Surge Warning

Much of the Georgia coastline, including Savannah, Brunswick, Tybee Island and Ossabaw Island, is currently under a Storm Surge Warning from the National Weather Service. Surges of 4-6 feet are possible in these areas. With surges on top of high tides, which will occur this afternoon from around 12:30 to 1:30, record water levels are expected.

WMFE, in Orlando, shares their latest information:

Irma: The Latest

Florida Highway Patrol says they're seeing too many people out "sightseeing" and not obeying the curfew. FHP says trees are down and there's standing water from the exit ramps at 528 to 520. Those ramps have been closed in both directions.

UPDATE: September 11 at 1:00 pm

WGCU, in Fort Myers, gives us an update in South Florida.

Irma Aftermath: Updates on South Florida Roads, Utilities, and Emergency Response

Hurricane Irma and the massive bands of wind and rain the rocked Southwest Florida has moved north, but in the aftermath of the storm, hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power and the toll of the hurricane is beginning to come into focus as emergency responders begin assessments and repairs.

WLRN, in Miami, shared some post hurricane advice:

Survival Tips: What NOT To Do Once Hurricane Irma Blows Over

Downed power lines, standing water, damaged buildings--hurricanes continue to be dangerous well after the last rain band has moved on. Now that Hurricane Irma blows through, there will be a new set of hazards to watch for.

UPDATE: September 11 at 12:50 pm

WUSF, in Tampa, posted a photo gallery showing destruction.

Photo Gallery: Hurricane Irma Damage In Tampa Bay Area

Hurricane Irma impacted the entire Tampa Bay area. WUSF has reporters spread out across the region. This county-by-county breakdown will be updated continuously as the storm passes.

WUFT, in Gainesville, document damage done via social media.

Gainesvillians Document Irma's Rath On Social Media

Residents of the greater Gainesville area took to social media to share the damage left from Hurriance Irma.

UPDATE: September 11 at 12:30 pm

Electricity is still out for thousands of individuals, but crews are working hard to restore power.

Local Electric Crews Now On Stand By Hoping To Help Restore Power Later Today

While Tallahassee electric crews are currently in a holding pattern, they are expected to try to go back out and restore power to residents later today. As weather conditions from Irma worsen, outages are expected to increase. But, Deputy City Manager Reese Goad say for now, crews are sheltering in place and are expected to start working again when it's safe.

If you are in Jacksonville, please continue to use caution and help the city out by staying put.

UPDATE: September 11 at 11:05 am

WFSU's News Director Lynn Hatter reports:

UPDATE: September 11 at 10:55 am

More than 6.2 million people are without power.

Power Out For More Than 60 Percent Of Florida Homes And Businesses

More than 6.2 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma barreled through the state, according the state's emergency management division. That's 62 percent of the state's power customers - and there are several counties where 80-90 percent of customers are without power.

Please continue to use caution and please stay off the roads.

UPDATE: September 11 at 10:40 am

To find out about power outages, please go to the following links:

City of Tallahassee also encourages you to use their mobile app (also available on a desktop), DigiTally, to report downed trees and power lines.

UPDATE: September 11 at 10:20 am

Hurricane impact wasn't as bad as earlier predicted, but all of Florida has been impacted. Good to see flood waters recede in Miami:

UPDATE: September 11 at 10:10 am

Tune in to 1A this morning as Josh Johnson discusses Hurricane Irma:

Are We Better Prepared For Hurricanes Today? - 1A

Lessons learned from hurricanes past.

Warning to our neighbors to the east.

UPDATE: September 11 at 10:00 am

WFSU will be taking phone calls LIVE from 10:30 to 11 am this morning. Call us at 850-414-1234.

TLH will resume commercial flights tonight.

While Watching Irma Conditions, Tallahassee Airport To Resume Commercial Flights Tonight

Tallahassee commercial flights are scheduled to resume tonight. According to its twitter page, Tallahassee Airport says commercial flights are scheduled to resume at 7-40 tonight. TLH is open to military & emergency ops/relief air traffic only.

Hurricane safety tips.

UPDATE: September 11 at 9:05 am

Notice the empty skies around Florida.

Floridians are waking up to Hurricane Irma, now weakening into a Tropical Storm. South Florida residents are beginning to leave shelters and assess the damage. But for many in the Panhandle, the worst effects are still to come. Governor Rick Scott called into the Today Show Monday morning, to talk about the state’s recovery efforts.

“We have prepositioned assets all around the state. We already have teams in the southern part of the state already going out with our utilities. I’ve already talked with the head of Florida Power and Light this morning. He is sending those crews out.”

The governor is sending rescue crews to the flooded Jacksonville area, and working to supply food and water throughout Florida. According to state numbers, approximately 58 percent of Florida households are out of power.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Irma: 'Everybody's working their tail off'

Speaking with TODAY live about Hurricane Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says that "pre-positioned assets throughout the state" are working to get food and water to people in shelters, which are filled to capacity: "Everybody's working their tail off."

UPDATE: September 11 at 8:50 am

Latest projections for Hurricane Irma.

Irma Weakens Into Tropical Storm As It Grinds Through Florida

Hurricane Irma hit Florida with brutal force. After making landfall on Sunday, the huge storm remained a Category 1 hurricane as it moved over the state's northwest Monday, before finally being downgraded to a tropical storm at 8 a.m. ET. In large swaths of Florida, Irma has brought dangerous floodwaters, knocking out power and turning human possessions into debris.

UPDATE: September 11 at 8:10 am

Morning Message from Mayor Andrew Gillum.

UPDATE: September 11 at 7:50 am

Update on power outtages.

UPDATE: September 11 at 7:35 am

Tallahassee electric crews are pulled off the road.

Due To Irma's High Winds, Tallahassee Electric Crews Standing Down For Now

At least 11,000 city of Tallahassee electric customers are without power. But, as of 5 a.m., electric crews have been pulled off the road due to Irma conditions. While thousands remain without power, electric crews worked overnight to restore power back to more than 11,000 residents.

UPDATE: September 11 at 12:08 am

Kevin Peters from the city/county EOC joins WFSU

UPDATE: September 10 at 11:21 pm

UPDATE: September 10 at 11:08 pm

Latest from WFSU News

Latest from Florida Storms

UPDATE: September 10 at 10:34 pm

TLH airport plays key role in emergency operations

As Hurricane Irma takes aim at the Big Bend, Tallahassee International Airport is displaying its vast versatility. The facility is serving as a staging area for emergency relief equipment, according to Chris Curry, the city of Tallahassee's director of aviation.

UPDATE: September 10 at 10:22 pm

Irma Turns Civic Center Into Second FSU Home

Shortly before curfew Sunday night, about 150 Florida State University students lounged on inflatable matrasses and sleeping bags on the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center floor. Finding Nemo splashed across the Jumbotron high above the arena floor, but Noah Hertz and a group of Deland friends were more interested in cards than the Disney hit.

UPDATE: September 10 at 10:13 pm

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UPDATE: September 10 at 9:55 pm

UPDATE: September 10 at 9:36 pm

As Irma approaches, Wakulla County officials are closing a number of roads to everyone except residents or evacuation personnel.  

Law enforcement officers will be manning roadblocks at:

  • Hwy 363 & Fire Escape Road
  • Mashes Sands Road
  • Hwy 365 & Shell Point
  • Hwy 365 & Jack Crum
  • Surf Rd. at both the Hwy 98 and Sopchoppy entrances

UPDATE: September 10 at 9:03 pm

State officials now put the number of Floridians without power at 3,484,319.   The hardest hit counties are Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe--all with 80 percent or more of customers powerless.

UPDATE: September 10 at 9:06 pm

Tom Flanigan reporting

UPDATE: September 10 at 8:40 pm

UPDATE: September 10 at 8:30 pm

UPDATE: September 10 at 8:18 pm

UPDATE: September 10, 8:13 PM

Wakulla County is bracing for high winds and significant storm surge.  WFSU reporter Nick Evans checked in with Wakulla County public information officer Chris Savary earlier this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Jefferson County officials say they’re ready for Hurricane Irma.  Nick Evans spoke with Emergency Management Director Carol Ellerbee earlier tonight.

Updated: September 10 at 7:59 pm

Scott Urges Floridians To Remain Sheltered

Hurricane Irma blasted the Florida Keys early Sunday morning with Category 4 winds and driving rain, and Governor Rick Scott is warning Floridians to heed the deadly threat. Irma is expected to bring hurricane force winds and flooding to the Big Bend area sometime after 6 p.m., with winds lasting through early Monday morning.

Big Bend Area Schools Announce Extended Closures

Update: 9/10/17: Gulf, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla County Schools have announced extended closures. FAMU, FSU and TCC will remain closed through Friday. Original Story: Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed starting Friday through Monday, says Gov. Rick Scott. A change in Hurricane Irma's forecasted path has prompted the closures which is in effect for schools across the state.

Updated: September 10 at 7:51 pm

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By Jim Ash:

Madison County is landlocked, but local officials issued an evacuation order on Saturday for people living in mobile homes. On Sunday afternoon, about 500 people were being sheltered at Madison County Central School on U.S. 90. Madison residents know how to take care of their own, said County Coordinator Brian Kauffman.

“We put a call out to the community needing blankets and pillows and the community has really responded and brought us additional blankets, food, pillows. And we can take on more people.”

A curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. until noon on Monday, but Kauffman says that could be extended depending on storm conditions.

Updated: September 10 at 6:00 pm

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County officials are imposing several county-wide curfews due to Hurricane Irma. The curfew times are as follows:

•Sunday, September 10 from 9 p.m. to Monday, September 11 at 7 a.m.

•Monday, September 11 from 9 p.m. to Tuesday, September 12 at 7 a.m.

•Tuesday, September 12 from 9 p.m. to Wednesday, September 13 at 7 a.m.

All Leon County residents and visitors are to remain indoors during curfews to allow first responders and emergency personnel to most effectively protect the safety of residents and property.