2017 Hurricane season

Jessica Palombo via WJCT / WJCT

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.

LIVE UPDATES: Hurricane Irma Coverage

Sep 10, 2017
Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
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.

Governor Rick Scott's office

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. Some colleges, universities and school districts have announced longer closures.

Wakulla County Evacuation Map.  Local officials are ordering mandatory evacuation for everyone in the red area (Zone A).
Florida Division of Emergency Mgmt.

9/10/17 9:00 a.m. update: Local emergency management officials say the Big Bend could begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma Sunday night. The Leon County Sheriff's office wants all vehicles off the road by that time.

Hurricane Irma's track as of the 11 AM advisory September 9.
NOAA

Updated 9/10/17: with additional shelter locations in Liberty, Taylor and Gadsden Counties.

It's bad news for the big bend region. Hurricane Irma is heading straight for the region and coastal counties have ordered evacuations. 

Latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Sat. 9/9/17 5 a.m. advisory
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The National Weather Service has issued Tropical Storm and Hurricane warnings for the Big Bend, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The warnings come as Hurricane Irma creeps closer to the state, preparing to make landfall somewhere in Southwest Florida.

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

Tallahassee and Leon County aren’t under evacuation orders due to Hurricane Irma, but so far roughly one in four Floridians are. 

From Leon County and the City of Tallahassee: Information on local shelters, office and school closures, resource distribution centers, cooling stations and solid waste services

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The U.S. House has approved a $15.25 billion hurricane relief package. The bill now heads to the President’s desk. The federal relief bill will provide initial emergency funding as the country recovers from Hurricane Harvey and braces for Hurricane Irma. 

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Update 9/9/17 5:00 p.m.: A voluntary evacuation notice has been issued for all of Leon County. Local officials say to expect 3-5 days without power. The region is likely to experience 18 hours worth of tropical storm force winds beginning Sunday evening into Monday.

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There’s a lot Governor Rick Scott can do under his emergency powers, but state lawmakers are readying for a special session if the state needs more authority for Hurricane Irma response.

Shawn Bayern via Flickr

Floridians from ten counties are under mandatory evacuation orders—heading north and looking for shelter.  Nick Evans reports Air B-n-B is trying to help.

Local emergency management officials gather at the Leon County-City of Tallahassee Emergency Operations Center ahead of Hurricane Irma 9/7/17
Nick Evans / WFSU News

As Hurricane Irma nears Florida the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and emergency management officials will hold a 1 p.m. briefing today to provide updates.

Time is Running Out in South Florida

Sep 8, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of South Floridians in the path of Major Hurricane Irma have less than 24 hours to make a decision. A decision to find higher ground, a sturdier structure, or hit the highway. Doing nothing is also a decision, but potentially a life-threatening one.

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

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is deriding the Polk County Sheriff’s decision to check IDs for all evacuees seeking shelter in his county.

Commissioner Putnam speaking in Polk County with local officials.
Florida Channel

Empty shelves typically stocked with water are cropping up on many Floridians’ social media feeds.  But one state official says the run on water is more panic than real peril.

Attorney General Pam Bondi
Florida Channel

Demand is high for disaster prep necessities, and it’s sending prices skyward.  

MGN Online

The former head of the National Hurricane Center has some last minute tips for Floridians preparing for Irma.

Major Hurricane Irma is still a Category 5 storm and still a significant threat to the entire peninsula of Florida.

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All Leon County Schools will remain open this week. Based on the projected path of Hurricane Irma, county officials say there is less chance of severe weather affecting the district Friday. 

Historic Capitol
Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

The Florida Legislature is cancelling upcoming committee meetings ahead of Hurricane Irma. Lawmakers’ preparations for the 2018 session will have to wait.

Tallahassee Animal Service Center via Facebook

Hurricane Irma is on its way toward Florida and Tallahassee residents are getting ready.  The local animal shelter is encouraging people to be sure they plan for their pets.

Mayor Andrew Gillum flanked by city and county officials, including John Dailey (left) speaking about Hurricane Irma prep.
Nick Evans

Just over a year ago, Tallahassee was clearing up the damage after Hurricane Hermine.  That was a Category 1 storm, and now local officials are prepping for a massive, Category 5 hurricane bearing down on the state.

Shannon Behnken via WFLA News Channel 8 / https://twitter.com/WFLAShannon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Floridians are flocking to stores to stock up ahead of Hurricane Irma. Some locations are struggling to keep supplies on the shelves.

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This year Florida lawmakers changed the way the state building codes are updated. There are concerns the new law could weaken the integrity of Florida homes, in order to cut construction costs. In the wake of Harvey, those concerns are taking on a new significance.

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