Irma Weakens But Storm Surge and Strong Winds Still Major Issue, Video from Bayport Park
HERNANDO – Naples continues to take the brunt of Hurricane Irma with reports of 142 mph gusts within the last few minutes. Storm surge is expected to reach 7’ within the next hour, which will cause widespread damage to south Florida.
Although Irma is now official a category 2 storm, Tampa Bay could see severe damage from storm surge in the coming hours. Forecasters are hopeful that Hurricane Irma will continue to weaken and will possibly be a category 1 by the time it reaches Tampa Bay.
Closer to home, RNRF reported live from Bayport park around 6:00 p.m. and found wind gusts of up to 35 mph. The inlet waters are extremely low at this time, which is what weather experts expect as Irma approaches our area. Once the storm is on top of Hernando County, we can expect a storm surge of up to 9′ but that could significantly be reduced if Irma continues to drift inland.
Irma is currently moving due north at 14 mph; which if it continues on its current track, it would mean good news for Hernando County residents.
Pasco and Citrus Counties have implemented a curfew for between 6pm and 6am until further notice. Hernando County has yet to issue a curfew at this time.
There are already reports of downed trees and power lines across Hernando County but power outages are not widespread.
Most of Florida is under a Tornado Watch and there have already been numerous reports of fast moving tornadoes across the state.
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We will try to bring another live report later tonight.
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