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News Update!!: Florida: Latest Information: Hurricane Irma.

News Update!!: Florida: Latest Information: Hurricane Irma.

ZachNews has the latest information on Hurricane Irma hitting Florida.

** Live News Coverage: **

  • NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8 (Tampa, FL):

 

  • NBC affiliate WBBH Channel 2 (Ft. Myers, FL):

 

  • NBC affiliate WPTV Channel 5 (West Palm Beach, Florida):

 

  • NBC affiliate WTLV Channel 12 and ABC affiliate WJXX Channel 25 (Jacksonville, FL):

 

  • NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 (Miami, FL):

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Watch-Live-NBC-6-News-204316851.html

 

**** Latest Information: ****

** As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017: **

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  • NBC News is reporting that 8 people dead at a South Florida nursing home after possible air conditioning problem caused by Hurricane Irma.

  • Hurricane Irma survivors in the Caribbean feared they would be forgotten in “apocalyptic” destruction.

  • Footage from NBC News via Miami-Dade Police Department shows Sister Margaret Ann clearing debris with a chainsaw in South Florida.

 

** As of 9:00am PT on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017: **

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  • Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical depression late Monday.
  • More than 5 million customers in Florida were without power early Tuesday.
  • At least 24 people were killed when the storm hit parts of the Caribbean, including the three in Puerto Rico.
  • At least 10 people are confirmed to have been killed in the United States: 4 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 3 in Puerto Rico, 2 in Georgia and a person in Florida.
  • The center of the storm crossed the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon on a track for Alabama.
  • According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Mandatory Evacuation orders have been lifted and at least 356 people were rescued during yesterday’s flooding in Jacksonville.
  • According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Miami-Dade County curfew has now been lifted, but cities may still have local curfews in effect.
  • Authorities are telling people to please keep safe while navigating roadways as they return to their homes and businesses.
  • According to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the entire Florida Highway Patrol, approximately 1,700 troopers, is on 12-hour shifts, with the primary mission to assist emergency response and the Florida Incident Management Teams has been mobilized to provide command and control for all Urban Search and Rescue and lifesaving operations.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott is telling residents who sustained losses during Hurricane Irma that they can begin applying for F.E.M.A. assistance at: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1 (800) 621-3362 or 1 (800) 621-FEMA to register.

 

 

 

** As of 4:30pm PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017: **

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  • Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm early Monday.
  • More than 6.5 million customers in Florida were without power Monday afternoon.
  • The center of the storm crossed the eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon on a track for Alabama.
  • No deaths in Florida were confirmed, but at least 24 people were killed when the storm hit parts of the Caribbean.

  • Footage from NBC News shows the widespread destruction left behind in Cudjoe Key, Florida, where Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning.

  • Aerial footage from NBC News shows the scope of damage from Hurricane Irma in Ohio Key, Florida.

  • Footage from NBC News shows heavy flooding in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

  • In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, aerial footage from NBC News shows an island of shipwrecks in Key Largo.

  • NBC News is reporting that before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sunday, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record sucked water inward away from shorelines, leaving bays along the Gulf Coast practically dry. That depleted canals, grounded boats, and, in Florida’s Sarasota Bay, stranded manatees in knee-high mud. Videos and photos went viral of water receding as far as the eye could see, from shorelines in the Bahamas up through Florida’s west coast.

  • Footage from NBC News via the Coral Springs Police Department shows a police officer stops and picks up an American flag in middle of the road during Irma relief efforts.

 

 

** As of 9:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017: **

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  • Irma weakened to a Tropical Storm early Monday.
  • More than 6.5 million customers in Florida were without power Monday afternoon.
  • The center of the storm is expected to cross eastern Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia on Monday afternoon before heading into Alabama.
  • At least 24 people were killed by the storm when it hit parts of the Caribbean. No deaths in Florida were confirmed Sunday.
  • New York Army National Guard deploys 10 Blackhawk helicopters and 55 soldiers to assist in Hurricane Irma response.
  • Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport “working diligently to restore FLL”. They expected to resume operations tomorrow at 4:00am ET.

 

** As of 3:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017: **

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  • According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irma maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75mph.
  • The National Weather Service has cancelled Tropical Storm Warning for South Florida.
  • According to the National Weather Service, a Storm Surge Warning continues in effect for Mainland Monroe and Collier Counties.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017: **

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  • According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Irma has now weakened to a Category 1 with 85 mph winds, and is moving over the Western Florida Peninsula.
  • The National Weather Service has issued Flood Warning for Tampa Bay ahead of Hurricane Irma.
  • Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia are bracing themselves for Hurricane Irma.
  • According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Warnings have been changed to a Tropical Storm Warnings for South Florida.
  • More than 3.5 million customers in Florida were without power Sunday night.
  • More than 6 million people in the state have been ordered to leave.
  • At least 24 people were killed by the storm when it hit parts of the Caribbean.

  • Drone footage by Brian Emfinger, LSM to NBC News shows the scope of damage and flooding left behind by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Florida.
  • Damage sustained at Miami International Airport, where gusts of nearly 100 mph were reported. Miami International Airport will be closed on Monday, September 11th, 2017.

  • According to the Miami-Dade County Police Department, at least 28 people have been arrested so far for burglary/looting. the Miami-Dade County Police Department are asking the public to call 911 to report looters or any criminal activity and that reporting looters or any criminal activity through social media is not effective. For non-emergencies, please call: 1 (305) 4-POLICE (76-5423).
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez has issued a curfew effective from 7:00pm to 7:00am ET which Miami-Dade County Police Department will “fully enforce this curfew”.

  • NBC News is reporting that 300 doctors, nurses, and paramedics await takeoff on a C-17 before heading to Orlando, Florida for Hurricane Irma response.

 

 

 

** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017: **

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  • Hurricane Irma is weakening as it moves across Florida.
  • Florida Power and Light Company says 3,212,830 of its 4,904,060 customers are without power due to Hurricane Irma.

  • According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, at least 12 people rescued by Fellsmere Police Department and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office from flooding waters. The 12 people were transported to a shelter at Fellsmere Elementary School.

 

** As of 5:00pm PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017: **

** Pictures from NBC News: **

  • Hurricane Irma, now a Category 2, is making its way north along the west coast of Florida.
  • Tornado Warnings have been issued in parts of Florida as Hurricane Irma passes. Please check following website for Tornado Warning locations:

https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/fl.php?x=1

  • The eyewall of Category 2 Hurricane Irma is now hammering Fort Myers, Florida.
  • NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 reporting that a mother and baby rescued from flooded North Miami Beach home.
  • NBC News is reporting that a manatee is stranded in mud in Sarasota, Florida as the water receded.
  • According to the St. Johns Co E.O.C., Vilano Bridge, Bridge of Lions, 312 Bridge, SR 206 Bridge, Shands Bridge, and Palm Valley Bridge are all closed until the storm passes.

  • NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 reporting that looters target a sportswear store in Midtown during Hurricane Irma.

 

 

** As of 3:00pm PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017: **

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  • Hurricane Irma is now a Category 3, with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph and heading north along the west coast of Florida.
  • The eye of Hurricane Irma is over Naples, Florida and will some get the back side of the hurricane with more winds and bring storm surge.
  • At least 2 cruise lines said they are sending ships to islands hit hard by Irma to provide relief supplies.

 

** As of 1:00pm PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017: **

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  • Hurricane Irma is now a Category 3, with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph.
  • At least 23 deaths related to Hurricane Irma.
  • More than 1.6 million people without power in Florida.
  • According to power companies, Some areas could see storm surges of up to 15 feet.

 

** As of 10:00am PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017: **

** Pictures from NBC News: **

  • Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Cudjoe Key in lower Florida Keys at 9:00am ET as a Category 4 hurricane with top sustained winds of 130 mph and moving north.
  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn issues 6pm ET curfew for the city.
  • Miami-Dade schools will be closed Tuesday.
  • Reports of water along channels and beaches being sucked into the Gulf, leaving bear dirt, sand, and sea life, because of the hurricane.
  • Hardee County Sheriff confirms death of Deputy Julie Bridges, who was killed in crash after working at hurricane shelter.
  • Reports that a construction crane has collapsed on a building in Downtown Miami. City of Miami warns people to avoid the area of crane collapse.

  • Martin County Sheriff’s Office Marine Units rescue two people aboard a sailboat.

  • Video from NBC News shows Americans in a military aircraft as they are evacuated from St. Martin, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. At least 1,200 Americans were evacuated from St. Marten amid reports of violence.

  • The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is telling people not to shoot bullets into Hurricane Irma. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office tweeted late Saturday: “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.” The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, which is in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, was responding to a Facebook event titled “Shoot At Hurricane Irma” was created by 2 men in Florida inviting people to shoot at Hurricane Irma. The invitation presumably was a joke, but “29K Went and 55K Interested” as of 7:00pm PT.

 

**** National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Irma Information, Watches, and Warnings: ****

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Irma

https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/fl.php?x=1

 

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates: ****

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.

With monsoon season 2017 in full swing, people living or visiting the Colorado River Tri-State area should be prepare for any monsoon storms that may surprise you.

Here are some information you, your family, and friends should know about to get ready for the next storm during Monsoon 2017.

**** Preparing For The Storms Tips: ****

  • Flooding Around Property:

Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm. Free sand is available for pickup at many fire stations throughout the Valley.

Some stations provide bags and shovels for use, but others require residents to bring their own shovels and bags.

You can call your local fire department or check its website to see what you will need to bring to get sandbags for your home.

  • Flooded Roadways: 

According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Never drive into a flooded roadway and if barricades are set up, never drive around the barricades. The barricades are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened.

It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.

In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.

Remember that saying, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including S.U.V.’s.

If you spotted somebody in a vehicle stuck in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • People Playing Around Floodwaters: 

Never allow anybody, especially children to play around floodwaters or washes during heavy rain storms.

As the great weatherman Dave Munsey from Fox 10 Phoenix always say for years at the end of his weather forecasts, “Watch your kids around water”.

They can be swept away and possibly drown in the fast moving floodwaters.

If you spotted somebody in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.

  • Thunderstorms and Lightning:

If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.

Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.

Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.

Bring pets indoors.

  • High Winds:

Thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.

Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.

If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.

Be aware of high-profile vehicles such as semi trucks, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer because they can be unpredictable during high winds.

Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.

  • Dust Storms:

If you get caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible, turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.

With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.

When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors.

Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.

  • Downed Utility Lines:

If utility lines are down across a roadway, consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous.

Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it.

High voltage can travel through the ground.

Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.

If utility lines are down across a vehicle and the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives.

Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle.

If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet.

Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.

** Remember to have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle in case of any weather related emergency and make sure to have a plan ready in case you need to evacuate because of a weather elated incident. Only call 911 if there is a life threatening emergency and following all local weather and news outlets, including the National Weather Service and ZachNews for the latest information on the storms as well as foe the latest weather conditions for the rest of the week. Take Care, Be Safe, and Be Ready!! ** 

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Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Pictures: Lightning west of Needles High School.

These pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez show lightning from a passing thunderstorm occurring west of Needles High School in Needles, California on Monday, July 10th, 2017.

Video by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the lightning will be posted soon on ZachNews.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Scattered storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Scattered storms approaching Colorado River communities.

Scattered storms are approaching Colorado River communities, including Bullhead City, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Weather radar from KNBC Channel 4 shows moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning.

If you’re in the area of Bullhead City, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the storms.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

 

Weather Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Monsoon 2017 season kicks off with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, and lightning causing power outage and little damage.

Weather Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Monsoon 2017 season kicks off with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, and lightning causing power outage and little damage.

The wait is over as Monsoon 2017 season kicks off in the Colorado River Tri-State with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, lightning, and a power outage late Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

** Interactive Weather Radar Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Storms began to approach Colorado River communities just before 8:00pm PT and as this picture of the Interactive Weather Radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 showed, moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning heading towards the Colorado River communities of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Parker, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and soon Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began reporting Live at ZachNews on Facebook of the approaching storms and soon capture blowing dust and lightning in the clouds beginning to move over the Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona area.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Lightning with some thunder created a light show over Downtown Needles, California which in a power outage.

Residents and businesses along Front Street, West Broadway, D Street, J Street, and Third Street were affected by the power outage.

Utility crews were seen racing down streets to fix the problem well first responses, including San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, were also seen checking the area for any problems.

Power was later restored at around 8:47pm PT to the Downtown Needles, California.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Well continuing to report on the storm and power being restored, ZachNews was alerted of sparks and a possible fire on a utility pole behind Stain Vices de Paul Thrift Store near F Street and Front Street.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Utility crews from the City of Needles and first responses, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and Baker Emergency Medical Service, arrived to the scene of the sparking utility pole.

ZachNews later learned that it was an electrical fuse that was sparking, not a transformer.

There was no fires sparked onto any near by buildings from the electrical fuse and nobody was injured.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The light show of lightning with some thunder continued into the night moving along the Colorado River before dissipating.

** Picture from Sam Johnson: **

ZachNews received this picture from Sam Johnson from Downtown Needles, California of a flag pole in front of the City of Needles Administration building on Third Street leaning after the storm.

More chances of showers and thunderstorms are still possible for Sunday, Monday, and even for next Saturday.

Residents and businesses such have an emergency storm kit prepared and ready to go in case of a storm related emergency and when flooding occurs to near dry creeks, channels, or rivers, never get into the flash flooded water or drive into a flooded roadway.

Stay tuned to ZachNews as Monsoon 2017 is just starting and we’ll be reporting on the storms Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

Also check out the KNBC Channel 4’s Interactive Weather Map for the latest in where the Monsoon storms are located.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/weather/maps/122192669.html

Please Be Prepare and Stay Safe Everybody!!

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