At 11 pm. Eastern Time Sunday, Hurricane Irma is 50 miles SE of Tampa, Florida. The Category 2 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and is moving N at 14 mph. On radar, the eye of the storm was between Tampa and Orlando late Sunday night.
Hurricane Irma made a second landfall on Marco Island Sunday afternoon.
Graphic courtesy: NHC, NOAA, NWS
The center of Irma will continue to move over the western Florida peninsula through Monday morning and into the southeastern United States late Monday and Tuesday, the NHC advisory states.
Above, the National Weather Service Tampa Bay Area radar loop.
Dangerous storm surge and the tide remains the major threat to Florida. It will be a long night of watching Irma for Pinellas, Hillsborough and counties in its path. The National Hurricane Center also lowered its storm surge forecasts.
At 10 pm Sunday, Florida Power & Light reported 3,380, 510 outages across Florida. At 11:51 pm Sunday, TECO reported 250,145 customers had no electricity in the Tampa Bay area.
First responders and law enforcement in some of Florida’s counties have suspended their services until wind speeds decrease to 40 mph or until conditions improve. Curfews also are in effect.
NBC News reports more than 500 shelters opened in Florida. They are filled to capacity.
More beach exposed in Tampa Bay area Sunday afternoon. Water receded back. However, Florida officials warn dangerous storm surge coming as Hurricane Irma goes northward along Gulf Coast. Photo courtesy: Alert Tampa, City of Tampa Twitter
On Sunday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn enacted a 6 p.m. curfew, starting today.
“We know we are ground zer0 for this storm. We have avoided it for 90 years, but our time has come,” Mayor Buckhorn tweeted Sunday afternoon. For emergency updates in the Tampa Bay area, text 888-777.
“We can’t help you once the storm starts,” Governor Rick Scott said during an update Sarasota morning in Sarasota. Scott urged people needing help to call 1-800-342-3557.
Here’s more from the 11 pm. Sunday NHC public advisory:
“SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet
* North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to the
* Florida Keys
* Tampa Bay
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* North of Jupiter Inlet to Fernandina Beach
* North of Bonita Beach to Indian Pass
* Lake Okeechobee
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* North of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
*Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach
* West of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
* North of Fernandina Beach to South Santee River
Storm Surge Forecasts:
Cape Sable to Captiva…4 to 6 ft
Captiva to Ana Maria Island…3 to 5 ft
North Miami Beacch to Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys.. 3 to 5 ft
Ana Maria Island to Clearwater Beach, including Tampa Bay…
2 to 4 ft
North Miami Beach to Card Sound Bridge, including Biscayne Bay…
3 to 5 ft
South Santee River to Fernandina Beach…4 to 6 ft
Clearwater Beach to Ochlockonee River…4 to 6 ft
Fernandina Beach to Jupiter Inlet…3 to 5 ft
Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered all Florida schools, state universities and colleges to be closed through Monday.
Governor Scott also activated the entire National Guard to help during and after the storm. Scott also urged Florida residents to listen to their local emergency management, city, county officials and local law enforcement during Hurricane Irma.
“This storm is bigger than our state….This is a great state and we’re going to come through very strong,” Governor Scott said. Scott also said no expense will be spared to keep Floridians safe.
Disney World in Orlando will be closed Sunday and Monday, but WDW resorts will remain open during Hurricane Harvey. Click on link on closures, cancellations and refunds. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/hurricane-irma-info/
Universal Studios and other Orlando attractions will be closed Sunday and Monday. However, the Universal Studios resorts will be operating.
President Donald J. Trump also approved the Florida Disaster Declaration. The president was briefed at Camp David Sunday on FEMA and Hurricane Irma.
For updates and instructions, visit http://www.nhc.gov, your local National Weather Service Twitter feeds and listen to city, county and emergency management officials. If you have power, internet and cable service, tune into local television, radio and cable news channels, social media and other media outlets for updates.