What impact will Hurricane Irma have in Osceola County?
The National Hurricane Center said Irma remained “extremely dangerous,” with winds of 150 miles per hour.
As Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm as of Friday morning, swirls toward Florida, everyone wants to know what type of impact the massive storm will have in their respective area.
Based on the projected path of the storm released by the National Hurricane Center on Friday, News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges estimated the amount of rain and wind speeds in Central Florida.
For inland counties, including Orange and Seminole, he said there would be the potential for up to 10 inches of rain and winds greater than 100 mph on Sunday and Monday. Bridges said there could be wind damage, including power outages and downed trees.
Bridges said Friday morning that residents of Lake, Sumter, Orange, Brevard, Osceola and southe
How to prepare and stay safe
During a hurricane
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Be extra careful when walking outside.
Storm damage such as downed power lines and fallen debris could injure you.
6 hours before arrival
Close storm shutters if possible and stay away from windows.
Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
If you lose power, food will last longer.
6 to 12 hours before arrival
Turn on your TV/radio, or check your local government’s website frequently.
You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Charge your phone.
You’ll have a full battery if you lose power.
12 to 36 hours before arrival
Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.
These may become a safety hazard.
Bookmark your local government’s website.
This gives you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
36 to 48 hours before arrival
Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit.
Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies
For example, you can use phone, text, social media, or email.
You may have to leave quickly.