More than 4 million Florida homes and businesses have lost power as Irma moved up the Florida peninsula, downing trees, flooding roads and delivering a historic blow to the Sunshine State.
At 2:50 a.m. Monday, 292,000 TECO customers were without power. Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported the following outages by county: 12,182 in Citrus, 5,833 in Hernando, 35,349 in Pasco, 188,199 in Pinellas, 27,578 in Polk.
Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative had 105,000 outages. And Florida Power and Light reported 184,000 customers without power in Manatee County and 263,800 without power in Sarasota County.
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A number of law enforcement agencies and rescue organizations suspended on-the-road operations Sunday night because of storm conditions and dangers. That group included Polk County Fire Rescue, St. Petersburg police/fire, Pasco fire rescue, Lakeland fire, Hillsborough County Fire, Clearwater police, Pinellas County EMS, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The huge news Sunday night was the fact that Irma made landfall farther south than forecasted, which resulted in those major hurricane force winds staying south of the Tampa Bay region.
The area is still getting strong winds with hurricane force gusts and also still getting major power outages, but the Bay News 9 viewing area is not getting the same intense hurricane that they received down in Naples.
Here's the breakdown of what to expect overnight into early Monday morning: We'll have the peak of the storm pass overhead between now and sunrise.
Rain bands will be at their worst with gusts still in the 60 to 80 mph range. The rains will be heaviest and there will be some areas of local flooding.
The actual center of circulation is still moving north. It will move through Polk County with a slight northwest trend into the morning and eventually headed toward the panhandle.
Because the storm has gone so far inland, it's weakening faster. By the time the storm passes Citrus County, we don’t expect winds above 75 mph anymore.
1:25 a.m. - At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, 279,000 TECO customers were without power. Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported the following outages by county: 12,182 in Citrus, 5,833 in Hernando, 35,349 in Pasco, 188,199 in Pinellas, 27,578 in Polk. The state reports about 60,000 power outages in Manatee County. Scroll down for more power outage numbers and links.
12:27 p.m. - Pasco County Sheriff reporting between Duke Energy and WREC approximately 35,000 people without power spread across the county.
10 p.m. - 192,000 TECO customers were without power. Duke Energy reported the following outages by county: 9,445 in Citrus, 1,866 in Hernando, 15,158 in Pasco, 102,914 in Pinellas, 14,817 in Polk.
Meanwhile, the state reports about 60,000 power outages in Manatee County.
9:30 p.m. - 60,000+ customers without power in Manatee County, according to the state.
9 p.m. - 152,164 TECO customers without power. Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported the following outages: 4,218 in Citrus: 1,258 in Hernando; 10,142 in Pasco; 81,970 in Pinellas, 8,623 in Polk.
8:35 p.m. - More than 112,000 TECO customers were without power. Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported the following outages: 1,380 in Citrus: 133 in Hernando; 8,108 in Pasco; 72,551 in Pinellas, 7,518 in Polk.
8:30 p.m. - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter it is pulling deputies off the road. The announcement came a few minutes after St. Petersburg police said the same.
7:40 p.m. - 63,000 TECO customers are witout power, according to its website. Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported the following outages: 1,085 in Citrus: 87 in Hernando; 5,494 in Pasco; 56,860 in Pinellas, 4,875 in Polk.
6:40 p.m. - Due to the deteriorating weather conditions, the St. Petersburg Police Department and St. Peterburg Fire Department have "ceased all emergency services" and will resume once conditions are safe.
6 p.m. - About 14,700 Tampa Electric Company customers were without power at 6 p.m. Sunday. Duke Energey reported about 1,000. | MORE POWER OUTAGE INFO FROM TECO, DUKE ENERGY, MORE
4:50 p.m. - All westbound lanes of the Gandy Bridge and the Courtney Campbell Causeway are being closed to traffic due to the deteriorating weather conditions of Hurricane Irma.
4:30 p.m. - Manatee County Sheriff's Office tweeted saying, as of 4 p.m. deputies are no longer responding to service calls as conditions are now too dangerous. - "Stay safe Manatee County."
4:20 p.m. - At 4:10 pm, the wind gusted to 131 mph at Naples. 10 - 15 foot storm surge expected in Naples.
4:15 p.m. - City of Dunedin residents advised to stay in their place of shelter as this time, as the winds sustain at 40 mph emergency vehicles will not be able to respond. Hurricane force winds are expected to arrive around 7 p.m. and last until 3 a.m. with Tropical Storm winds remaining through 11 a.m. Storm surge is expected at 5-8 feet on the coast. City crews will respond to issues in order of importance and as weather conditions allow.
3:45 p.m. - Hurricane Irma makes landfall at 3:35 p.m. at Marco Island, Florida, as a major Category 3 hurricane with 130 mph winds.
2:29 p.m. - Naples and Marco Island area will see water level from storm surge rise rapidly with the passage of the eye in the next couple of hours.
2 p.m. - 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.
1 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 announced today that daily drawings are being temporarily suspended, but stressed that players should keep their tickets. Makeup daily drawings will take place as soon as possible after the potentially catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Irma have passed. Players already holding tickets will still be eligible to win.
12:00 p.m. - Entire bay area under a tornado watch through midnight.
10:50 a.m. - Tornado Warning issued for Polk County until 11:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - The City of Largo's Emergency Operations Center is fully activated at this time. Residents are advised to take immediate shelter for their safety during the storm. When winds reach 35-45mph, emergency vehicles can not respond. Dispatchers will log and prioritize calls, but be prepared that assistance may not be available for 10-20 hours or until winds subside. This may happen as early as 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Sep 10.
10 a.m. - First-ever tropical storm warning issued for Atlanta as Hurricane Irma hits Florida on its way toward Georgia. - AP alerted.
9:51 a.m. - The City of St. Petersburg is enacting an emergency curfew at 5 p.m. due to severe weather conditions until further notice. It will remain in effect throughout the duration of the storm.
All residents need to be off the roads and taking shelter. Once winds reach 40+mph, police and fire will no longer be able to respond to citizen calls.
They will resume responding once conditions are safe.
8:39 a.m. - Nature Coast Technical High School is at full capacity for PETS ONLY. General Public is still being accepted. West Hernando Middle School is now open as a pet shelter.
8:11 a.m. - Tornado Warning canceled for Polk County.
8 a.m. - Tornado Warning issued for Polk County unitl 8:30 a.m.
7:05 a.m. - St. Pete Fire Rescue: Expect a significant number of power lines to come down due to the high winds. However calls for wires down will be a low priority.
6:15 a.m. - All access to Clearwater Beach is now shut down in advance of Hurricane Irma.
3:30 a.m. - Pinellas Barrier Island Closure At 6 A.M. On Sunday As Hurricane Irma Approaches
Starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, deputies will close off access to the Pinellas County barrier islands. This restriction includes residents and businesses for the barrier islands from the Dunedin Causeway to Tierra Verde. Citizens leaving the barrier islands will not be impacted.
Plans for re-entry will be announced after the hurricane passes.
Additional law enforcement resources will be patrolling all of the mandatory evacuation areas to ensure public safety and protect property during this event. This includes the Pinellas County barrier island communities.
Remember that the spaghetti model plot does not indicate the strength of a system or even development at all. It only predicts where this broad area of low pressure is expected to go.