We’re retaining tabs on the very newest Hurricane Irma information and notes. We’re posting info because it is available in.

four:17 p.m.

Legoland can be closed Saturday by means of Monday.

four:14 p.m.

Pinellas County plans to lock down all drawbridges countywide by 7 a.m. Saturday. The bridges to stay locked in down place for quicker car visitors throughout evacuations

three:39 p.m.

Busch Gardens and Journey Island will probably be closed Saturday by way of Monday.

2 p.m.

Tampa Worldwide Airport is ceasing flights at eight p.m. Saturday. There was a compulsory evacuation discover issued for MacDill Airforce Base midday Friday. 

1 p.m.

The Florida Division of Transportation and the Florida Freeway Patrol have carried out a restricted emergency shoulder use plan for Hurricane Irma evacuations on Interstate seventy five at Wildwood to the Georgia state line.

Motorists ought to solely use the left shoulder when directed by regulation enforcement and freeway indicators. Click on right here for the specifics.

12:forty five p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn spoke about Hurricane Irma preparations throughout the state.

Metropolis of Tampa residents in Zone A have a compulsory evacuation beginning at 2 p.m. Friday.

“If you realize you are going to evacuate, do it as we speak,” Scott stated.

The state has acquired greater than 6,500 complaints of worth gouging, in response to State Lawyer Basic Pam Bondi. She requested Florida residents to report scams by calling 1(866)966-7226 or by visiting FloridaLegal.org.

Midday

The town of Tampa is issuing a compulsory evacuation for Zone A residents beginning at 2 p.m. Friday forward of Hurricane Irma.

eleven:30 a.m.

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle issued a hurricane look ahead to Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties.

Watch: Pinellas County officers converse on hurricane preps

eleven:25 a.m.

Citrus County has issued obligatory evacuations for residents west of US-19.

eleven a.m.

Hurricane Irma has maintained its power Friday morning as a one hundred fifty mph, Class four storm.

It’s each a strong and very harmful storm: a one hundred fifty-mph wind is simply that, bringing the specter of catastrophic injury.

Irma is about 405 miles southeast of Miami as of the eleven a.m., Sept. eight, replace from the Nationwide Hurricane Middle. It’s shifting west-northwest at 14 mph.

The minimal central strain is 927 mb.

Watch: Meteorologist Ashley Batey explains the Nationwide Hurricane Middle’s eleven a.m., Sept. eight replace

10:30 a.m.

Hernando County issued obligatory evacuations for residents in Zones A and B.

Pasco County issued obligatory evacuations for residents in Zones A and most of Zone B.

9:forty a.m.

Gov. Rick Scott addressed the general public on preparations forward of Hurricane Irma.

The U.S. Corp. of Engineers believes extreme wind from Hurricane Irma will push some water over the dike at Lake Okeechobee, in accordance with…