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Tropical Depression Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 52
National Weather Service Jacksonville FL  AL112017
1049 PM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017

This product covers Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia

**IRMA WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION** 

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 250 miles northwest of Jacksonville FL
    - 32.4N 84.9W
    - Storm Intensity 35 mph
    - Movement Northwest or 320 degrees at 15 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
------------------

Irma has weakened to a Tropical Depression. Winds will continue to 
diminish overnight tonight. A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect 
for the St Johns River Basin and Northeast Florida coast due to
high water remaining during the high tide cycles this week.
A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for the southeast Georgia
coastline until Tuesday morning to account for any remaining water
due to earlier surge. 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* SURGE:
Little to no additional surge impacts expected.

    - Community officials are now assessing the extent of actual 
      surge impacts accordingly.
    - Emergency response teams are attending to casualty situations 
      as needed.
    - Emergency work crews are restoring essential community 
      infrastructure as necessary.
    - If you have an emergency dial 9 1 1.

Elsewhere across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, little to 
no impact is anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
----------------------------------

* EVACUATIONS:

Do not return to evacuated areas until it is safe. 
Listen for the all-clear signal from local authorities.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Those who rode out the storm away from their home or business are 
likely anxious to return. However, allow some time for work crews to 
make a clear path for emergency vehicles. Downed power lines and 
trees may be blocking roads and flood waters may have washed out or 
overspread sections of key travel routes. Traffic lights may also be 
out of service.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
give the All-Clear signal.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities simply to observe 
storm damage. Sightseers can interfere with the timeliness of 
rescuers and first responders to needlessly jeopardize lives.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lighting. Be aware of sparks that can ignite leaking gas or other 
flammables.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chain saws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. Use 
these tools according to operating manuals and safety instruction. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roof tops can be 
especially challenging. If you are not in good health or unsure about 
what you are doing, have someone else with tree cutting experience do 
the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions by the manufacturer. Make sure that the generator is run 
in a well ventilated space.

Problems with sewer backups can further contaminate standing flood 
waters. Keep children away. Also, listen for boil water alerts 
relative to communities whose tap water may have become non-potable.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Jacksonville FL regarding 
the effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

$$

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