Irma Hits Florida: The Deadly Surge to Come…

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The Weather Channel (TWC) is reporting that parts of South Florida are likely to experience life-threatening and historic storm surge. The National Weather Service is warning that surges have the potential to reach 11-15 feet of water above ground, within surge prone areas. “A storm surge warning has been issued from the South Santee River southward to the Jupiter Inlet and on the peninsula from North Miami Beach to the Ochlockonee River, including the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay,” TWC reports. More hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings have also be posted; reaching to the north at Fernandina Beach on the Atlantic side, all the way over to Indian Pass on the Gulf side — also extending into southern Georgia. The warnings reach to:  Florida Keys, Naples, Ft. Myers, the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Thomasville and Valdosta. TWC reports, “Hurricane warnings also continue for a portion of a north coast of Cuba. Hurricane warnings mean hurricane conditions are either occurring or expected to occur within 36 hours. A hurricane watch is also in effect for the Georgia coast northward to Edisto Beach, South Carolina. A watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.” Tropical storm warnings extended to: western Florida panhandle (just outside the Pensacola metro area), Georgia & South Carolina coasts and up to South Santee Rive; additionally Alabama has been issued a warning.

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