IRMA: Worst of the storm lifting north of Orlando

By News 13 Team Coverage,
Last Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017, 5:42 PM EDT

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Irma is unraveling, according to our News 13 meteorologists — even if it doesn't feel like it.

The eyewall mostly collapsed near Kissimmee and west Orange County. Maximum sustained winds were at 75 mph at 5 a.m., and the storm was moving to the north-northwest at 18 mph. The storm should move through quickly overnight.

But don't feel too happy — gusts are still an issue, and we're still on the right side of the storm. More than 4 million people are without power statewide.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Naples-Marco Island area, the first time Florida has suffered a direct hit from a major hurricane since 2005.

At least two tornadoes touched down in Brevard County, causing damage to several mobile homes in Palm Bay.

And Orange County had its first Irma-related death Sunday: Someone crashed and died on State Road 417.

The Latest:

6:50 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11

About 5.6 million customers are without power in Florida, according to reports from utility companes across the state. Florida Power & Light has 4.2 million customers without power, Duke Energy 862,780 and TECO 300,324. About 136,685 Orlando Utilities Commission customers were in the dark.

6:41 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11

Because of power outages and excessive stormwater from Hurricane Irma, DeLand residents connected to the city sewer system are being asked to hold off bathing, doing laundry and flushing toilets for now.

5:55 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11

The city of Cocoa in Brevard County has issued a boil water notice for its residents because of multiple main breaks, it said. Crews were still waiting to be able to go out safely to assess the damage.

Customers are being asked to take a picture of any major utility damage with a significant amount of water and send it with the address or cross streets to the city of Cocoa to help them find the causes.

If the leaks are fixed today, it would be no earlier than Wednesday before water is available again to Cocoa water customers, the city says.

5:51 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11

National Guard troops and Orange County Fire Rescue are assisting residents of 129 homes in a neighborhood near Old Winter Garden Road get to a nearby school after their homes were flooded.

The flooding occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. on Livingston Street and Ronnie Circle. The families are being taken to Gotha Middle School.

5:11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11

About 87 percent of FPL customers in Brevard County are without power. Cocoa is under a boil water advisory.

4:35 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

Florida emergency officials now say over 4.2 million people are without power.  Here are the official outage numbers for Central Florida:

  • Brevard: 231,119
  • Flagler: 30,663
  • Lake: 44,853
  • Marion: 52,261
  • Orange: 53,528
  • Osceola: 6,297
  • Seminole: 63,355
  • Sumter: 15,691
  • Volusia: 80,896
FPL has the most people out of power, with 3.5 million customers out. Duke Energy has 1.77 million customers without power.

3:36 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

Lake County emergency officials say a "wind event" hit Umatilla Sunday afternoon. It caused damage to several buildings, including the Umatilla Inn, and at least one house. Several trees are down as well.

3:07 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

Florida emergency officials say over 4 million people are without power. Here are the official outage numbers for Central Florida:

  • Brevard: 231,102
  • Flagler: 30,660
  • Lake: 6,821
  • Marion: 17,079
  • Orange: 53,528
  • Osceola: 6,297
  • Seminole: 63,355
  • Sumter: 1,963
  • Volusia: 79,011

1:50 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

FPL now says 75 percent of customers in Brevard County are without power.

Meanwhile, Brevard EOC is dealing with flooding and fish swimming in its parking lot.

We're seeing more and more instances of flooding in Brevard County. This is Port St. John right now:

1:34 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

Reporter John W. Davis reports debris has started flying in downtown Orlando. A piece of sheet metal, possibly a gutter, flew into our parking garage. We also saw debris in the parking lot near our parking garage. The awnings on the skyway bridge from the Central Boulevard parking garage has also come down. 

12:45 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

The center of Irma inland is nearing Lakeland east of Tampa, still Category 2 hurricane.

12:10 a.m. Sept. 11, 2017

Marion County Fire Rescue operations is now suspended because of high winds. They will resume operations when it's safe to do so.

In Brevard County, Residents who live beachside from Pineda Causeway south, are being asked to reduce water usage. A major liftstation has lost power. 

Brevard County Utilities need residents to limit things like flushing toilets, doing laundry and taking long showers. It will reduce the chances of backups into homes, streets and into the river.

11:18 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

An extreme wind warning has been issued for Polk County. It comes as Hardee County reports of windows being blown out because of dangerous gusts from the eyewall there. That eyewall is now coming up polk County, and will eventually hit the Kissimmee area, west Orange County and points north.

11:07 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

Sumter County Emergency Service is suspended because of high wind speeds. Crews will venture out to answer emergency calls when its safer to do so. 

Many counties have begun to do this, including Orange and Polk counties. So has Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP reports 10 crashes currently on Central Florida roads, but because they can't get out on the roads, those people have to wait until conditions improve.

9:25 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

Reports of possible burglary in the Millennia area of Orlando are true. Orlando Police tweeted this:

9:08 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says the county has had its first fatality because of Irma. A person crashed on State Road 417 and was killed. The crash happened this afternoon.

Jacobs says it shows that people need to stay off the road.

Winds have increased to 50 mph, so first responders have stopped operations. An Orange County ambulance also hydroplaned on the State Road 408. Everyone was rescued and the county is working on pulling the vehicle off the road.

8:53 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

Our meteorologists say Irma's eye is projected to pass through Polk, Lake and Marion counties. 

8:47 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

More than 3.3 homes and businesses and counting lose power as Irma moves up Florida peninsula.

8:32 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

According to state figures, more than 2.7 million homes and businesses have lost power. Utility companies have crews staged around the state, but it may take weeks to resort power to everyone.

Some 50,000 people are without power in Brevard County, according to emergency managers.

Reporter Scott Fais checked out one of the many utilities staging areas around the state earlier today, this one at Daytona International Speedway:

5:46 p.m. Sept. 10, 2017

In Daytona Beach, all bridges heading eastbound to the beach are now closed on the eastbound side only.

Daytona Beach police also say Beach Street is flooded at the following intersections: Wilder Boulevard, Fairview Avenue, Ballough Road, Rio Vista and Bowman Avenue.

4:12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

Actress Kristen Bell, best known for the TV series "Veronica Mars," and as the voice of Anna in Disney's "Frozen," is in Orlando.

Bell is tweeting pictures and video as she visits with evacuees, and also posting on Instagram. She's also retweeting important information for those weathering the storm.

3:54 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

Statewide power outages are now up to 2,078,525. County-by-county numbers. (.pdf)

Meanwhile, Flagler county has extended its mandatory curfew, from 7 p.m. Sunday until noon on Monday.

Contact the Flagler County Emergency Information Line for any question -- 386-586-5111.

And over in Brevard County:

3:43 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the Naples-Marco Island area, with a wind gust of 130 mph at landfall. 

Dangerous storm surge is now expected in the next few hours in that area.

3:14 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado has touched down in Brevard County. The service says the tornado touched down on Worth Court Northwest and traveled over U.S. 1 and through Indian River Drive. The tornado was at least an EF 0.

At least 6 mobile homes were damaged in this area.

Meanwhile the number of people without power in Brevard County is growing.

2:54 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

City of Orlando has opened a Citizen Information Line, at 407-246-HELP (4357). 

This number is for non-life threatening damage reports, including drowned trees, flooding and traffic light outages. This is to keep 911 clear for more dangerous situations.

Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.

If you need to report power outages, we have a list of utility company phone numbers and power outage maps HERE.

2:25 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

Irma is battering South Florida with 120 mph winds, with the Naples, Marco Island area getting the strongest winds in the next couple hours.

As of 2 p.m. is a Category 3 storm. Irma is moving to the north at 12 mph. 

Below gives you a good idea of how far the core of the storm is from us:

  • ORLANDO: 197 miles South
  • DAYTONA BEACH: 253 miles South
  • MELBOURNE: 188 miles South-southwest
  • TAMPA: 167 miles South-southeast

It's closest right now to these areas:

  • FORT MYERS: 71 miles South-southeast
  • FORT LAUDERDALE: 109 miles West-southwest

But remember, even though you may be far from the core of the storm, we will feel the effects across the state. Now is not the time to rest easy.

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

The Florida Highway Patrol is urging people to stay off both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 4. Water is starting to build up and settle on the roadway, and motorists are moving too fast, troopers say.

12:50 p.m.

A Hardee County deputy and a corrections officer who were working during Hurricane Irma were killed in a head-on crash Sunday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol says. Deputy Julie Ann Bridges and corrections Sgt. Joseph J. Ossman were killed.

12:30 p.m.

The Florida Lottery is temporarily suspending daily drawings. Players should keep their tickets — makeup drawings will take place, and players already holding tickets will still be eligible for drawings.

12:29 p.m.

A tornado warning for Brevard County has been canceled.

12:21 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Flagler County until 1 p.m.

11:59 a.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Brevard County until 12:45 p.m. There is a confirmed tornado touched down in Palm Bay, according to the Brevard EOC. 

11:42 a.m.

There is a confirmed tornado touched down in Palm Bay, according to the Brevard EOC. 

11:18 a.m.

Hurricane Irma is making landfall over the Lower Keys with its core of the strongest winds in the eye wall passing between mile markers 0 through 40. A 89 mph gust was recently measured in Key West. Irma strengthened over open water in the Florida Straits overnight.

11:17 a.m.

People are heading to local shelters in Central Florida to escape Hurricane Irma's potentially life-threatening winds and storm surge.

Officials in Orange County decided to open even more shelters on Saturday.

The Barnett Park Community Center opened Saturday and welcomes animals.

The shelter is one of three in Orange County that takes animals.

The third shelter that accepts animals will open at 10 a.m., Sunday at Oak Ridge High School.

One man said he is staying at the Barnett Park Community Center on Colonial Drive because a mandatory evacuation was ordered for people who live in a mobile home park in Orange County where he lives.

"I don't know how the wind is going to be, it could be in a smaller category, it would be better for me, but like you said in a trailer it could just fly away," said Mickey Grinberg, Orlando resident.

11:09 a.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Sumter County until 11:30 a.m.  

11:01 a.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Brevard County until 12 p.m.  

10:55 a.m.

A tornado warning for Osceola County has been canceled.  

10:30 a.m.

There is a tropical-storm warning issued for Atlanta as Hurricane Irma hits Florida as it makes its way toward Georgia. 

In addition, there is a tornado warning for Osceola County until 11 a.m.

9:47 a.m.

According to the Florida Power and Light company, more than a million customers are without power. Get the latest updates on News 13's power outage map.

9:37 a.m.

A tornado warning for Palm Bay, Melbourne and West Melbourne has been canceled. 

9:21 a.m.

There is a tornado warning for Palm Bay, Melbourne and West Melbourne until 9:45 a.m. 

8:24 a.m.

Hurricane Irma is making landfall over the Lower Keys with its core of the strongest winds in the eye wall passing between mile markers 0-40. A 89 mph gust was recently measured in Key West. Irma strengthened over open water in the Florida Straits overnight. Get the full forecast here.

6:59 a.m.

People are heading to local shelters in Central Florida to escape Hurricane Irma’s potentially life-threatening winds and storm surge.

Thousands of people are taking advantage of the shelters here in Orange County.

About 400 people are inside sleeping in one shelter as there is a small band of rain in Orlando.

It is not too windy out, but trees were blowing in the wind.  

5:18 a.m.

Hurricane Irma is directly impacting the Lower Keys with its core of the strongest winds within the eye wall. Irma strengthened over open water in the Florida Straits overnight.

Winds are at 130 mph, which makes it a Category 4 storm. It remains on target for a projected path past the Keys toward the southwest coast of Florida. This will put Central Florida on the east side of the storm where bands of heavy rain and wind will spiral around as the storm moves north-northwest

Residents in those counties should stay tuned to forecasts on TV or radio. We have a list of our radio partners here

See the full forecast here.

News 13 Interactive StormTracker

The Associated Press contributed to parts this story.