Irma Headed Towards Florida

Florida in Bullseye as Category 5 hurricane barrels our way!

Water and gasoline have been in short supply in The Villages as Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, has Florida in its crosshairs.

The state is monitoring fuel assistance requests and has contacted emergency fuel and equipment providers for status of emergency fuel supply and equipment.

“While the state is working with fuel partners to bring fuel to communities as quickly as possible, it is important to be considerate of neighbors and take only what each family needs to be prepared,” Gov. Rick Scott said.

Hurricane Irma 8 a.m.

Shoppers on Wednesday morning at Publix in The Villages.

Shoppers on Wednesday morning at Publix in The Villages.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Virgin Islands today, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight, and pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Thursday.

Hurricane conditions will continue today within the hurricane warning area in the Leeward Islands.

Hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the British and U.S. Virgin Islands this morning and spread westward over portions of Puerto Rico later today. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the hurricane warning area in the Dominican Republic early Thursday, with tropical storm conditions beginning tonight. Hurricane conditions are expected in the warning area in the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands beginning Thursday night.

 

BY VILLAGES NEWS STAFF REPORT SEPTEMBER 6, 2017