Hurricane Irma

Tom Flanigan

With Leon County’s storm recovery well underway, the county’s Sheriff’s Department has sent help to a far more storm-tossed area to the south. While Tropical Storm Irma did not leave the Capital Region unscathed, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil pointed out the situation was far more serious elsewhere.

James Clarke Ash

The mood was surprisingly upbeat among Hurricane Irma survivors who trekked to the Leroy Collins Library to charge cell phones and laptops and stock up on bottled water.

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

President Trump is expected to make a visit to Florida this week due to Irma. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made that announcement Tuesday.

Leon County Schools

School Districts across the Big Bend will re-open later this week in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Many schools served shelters before and after the storm.

Local Curfew Lifted

Sep 12, 2017
Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Leon County officials have repealed a curfew put in place to keep motorists safe before and after Hurricane Irma.

Nick Evans

A couple dozen local employees are fanning out across the county to assess damage from Tropical Storm Irma.

A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin

A Tuesday update showed several Leon County roads remained closed due to downed trees. While officials say crews are actively working to clear all roadways, County Administrator Vince Long explains there’s a reason some may take longer than others.

City of Tallahassee via Twitter / https://twitter.com/COTNews

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.

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.

MGN Online

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.

Tallahassee Airport Facebook page

Tallahassee commercial flights are scheduled to resume tonight.

MGN Online

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.

James Clarke Ash

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.

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.

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. Officials predicted a storm surge in Northwest Florida of between 4 and 6 feet.

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

Bjoertvedt via Wikimedia Commons

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. 

NOAA / http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/154010.shtml?tswind120#contents

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.

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