Hurricane Irma Update
(September 10, 4:00 p.m.)
There ARE NO evacuations ordered for Escambia County residents, no matter the location.
Escambia County Emergency Operation Center is at a level 3, or monitoring level. We will continue to closely monitor the situation to provide our residents with the most up-to-date hurricane information.
No bridge closures are anticipated due to wind, BUT we will monitor wind speeds to ensure safety. Escambia County works with law enforcement to close bridges for safety at sustained (not gusts) wind speeds typically of 39 MPH or greater. The current forecast does not show sustained winds of that speed.
The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to level 1, which is a full-scale, 24-hours-a-day activation. DEM estimates that 6.5 million Floridians have been ordered to evacuate.
Weather Update from the National Weather Service Mobile
According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, Irma is forecast to remain a major hurricane. The LOCAL impacts include:
- Wind - 20 to 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, becoming 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph on Monday
- Flash Flooding - none
- Surge - none
- Tornadoes - none
- Local Rain Totals for Escambia County - less than 1 inch