This is an important message from ALERT Indian River
Hurricane Irma remains a Category 4 Hurricane and is crossing the Florida Keys this morning before reaching SW Florida later this afternoon/evening. Sustained Tropical Storm force winds are entering our area.
Watches and Warnings for Indian River County:
- Hurricane Warning
- Flood Watch until September 11, 8:00 p.m.
- Flood Warning until September 10, 12.45 p.m.
- Tornado Watch
Widespread rainfall will continue across the area this morning, with some passing squalls producing frequent gusts up to 45-60 50 mph. The threat for additional flooding and isolated tornadoes will persist.
Indian River County Impacts:
- We can expect sustained or frequent gusts up to 45 to 60 mph. Some gusts can be as high as 75 mph with passing squalls.
- The threat of flooding has become extreme for Indian River. We are under a flood watch and rainfall potential is high. 8-12, 15-18” isolated.
- There is a potential for 3' of storm surge along the immediate coast and especially adjacent to inlets and rivers exposed to the Indian River.
Indian River County Actions:
- Evacuations have already taken place and over 1,000 evacuees in public shelters.
- For safety reasons, bridges to the barrier island will be closed at 12:00 p.m. today. We will reopen the bridges as soon as winds are below tropical storm force and they are considered safe for travel.