Florida Stores Running Out Of Water, Gas As Gov Warns "Make Sure Your Disaster Kits Are Ready" For Irma

Tyler Durden's picture

Hurricane Irma is hurtling toward the eastern US faster than meteorological models anticipated. According to the latest readings from NOAA, the storm will probably make landfall in Southeastern Florida next weekend, or perhaps earlier – that is, unless wind patterns intervene and spare residents of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach from flooding and winds witnessed in Texas and Louisiana, according to NOAA forecasts.

Bloomberg chief energy correspondent Javier Blas noted that the Hurricane has “shifted a lot further west,” and that, according to the latest forecasts, there’s still a small chance that Irma strikes the Gulf of Mexico, compounding the devastation that Harvey left behind.

Here's what we know about Irma (courtesy of the Weather.com & NOAA):

  • The center of Irma is located 610 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving west-southwestward at about 14 mph.
  • Irma is a Category 3 hurricane and satellite imagery shows that it has become better organized in the past day with an eye now clearly evident.
  • Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and ample oceanic heat content favor that Irma will remain a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely.
  • One potential inhibitor of Irma maintaining its intensity would be if the hurricane's core interacts with land as it cruises westward near the Greater Antilles later this week.

And Weather.com’s latest impact projections:

  • Leeward Islands: Late Tuesday-Wednesday
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: Wednesday-Thursday
  • Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday-Friday
  • Turks and Caicos: Thursday-Friday
  • Bahamas: Friday-next weekend
  • Cuba: Friday-next weekend
  • United States: Next weekend into early the following week

NOAA satellites captured this stunning video of the sun rising over the hurricane on Monday:

Hurricane watches have been issued for the Leeward Islands, including Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. According to Weather.com’s latest long-term forecast, by next weekend, Irma will be immediately southeast of the US.

At that point, jet stream dynamics will begin to turn it north. What happens after that will be critical in determining where – or whether – Irma lands in the US.   Meanwhile, residents of southeast Florida – having spent the last week reading about the flooding in Houston – are understandably starting to panic.

WPTV in West Palm Beach reports that Shelves of water at several stores were nearly empty Sunday, even as Irma’s path remains uncertain. Hardware stores are also running out of tanks of gas and other supplies.

One distressed shopper told WPTV that one Walmart had run out of bottled water.

“There was nothing at Walmart," said Bianca Rodriguez of Palm Beach Gardens. "Not even like one thing of water.”

According to WPTV, emergency officials recommend people have one gallon of water per person, per day for at least five days in the event of a hurricane. Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned that “disaster preparedness” should be a priority for every family in the potential path of the storm.

One shopper said he bought the last remaining cases of bottled water at the Winn-Dixie in Palm Beach Gardens.

“Rodriguez found cases of bottled water at a Winn-Dixie on Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens Sunday night.


‘I lucked out. There’s only a couple left, but at least there was enough for me,’ said Rodriguez.”

A Home Depot in Royal Palm Beach on Monday morning posted a sign that said they were short of some hurricane supplies.

Let’s hope they have time to restock before next weekend…

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Crazy Or Not's picture

Stock up fast Florida (while you can)....cos most of your emergency gear will be made in China

Cash2Riches's picture

I don't know how many times I need to say it, preparation is key. Prepare yourself and you will weather the storm and honestly, probally proper. Be unprepared and potentially get wiped out. This was a horrible disaster, that is putting a massive amount of pressure on the system. Prepare yourself, so you are not also caught off guard, especially when the next financial crash comes, which it is.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Nothing like the last minute when it comes to covering your ass.

toady's picture

Don't wanna hear about how you didn't have time to prepare or evacuate.... It's still two weeks out!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Observation: Another storm, another time where a community will be challenged.

With this period of solar minimum (or hibernation) now underway, there are many scholarly people who have studied this subject for years who are predicting a lot more of this type of very turbulent weather. (I have been looking into this stuff on and off for the last couple of years and there is a lot of good, valid data to support a more turbulent weather period.)

For those GLOBAL WARMING and GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE alarmists, take a CHILL PILL!! None of what we are seeing is due to man-made "ANYTHING"! This type of weather has EVERYTHING to do with changes now occuring with solar activity and other astronomical systems. By the way, on top of the above, an earth polar shift is now underway as well which probably explais the sustained high pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean that is influencing direction of IRMA.

847328_3527's picture

harvey is actually a pretty good example of how real life contradicts MSM and the DNC hatred and divisiveness.


My friend there in Grand Lakes portion of Katy/Houston which was flooded badly when they opened those reservoirs says everyone is working togther and there are literally hundreds of volunteers. Blacks, whites, Asians (esp Chinese) and Hispanics are all helping each other with cleaning stuff out and drying the areas that can be dried.

He said he went over there and helped two houses one Chinese and one white couple that had 4 feet of water and had to rip out the dry wall, carpers, etc. he said but everyone is helping everyone. No one asks, "are you democrap or repubgnican" he said. People just ask, "Do you need a hand?"

Unlike what you hear on CNN and other MSM that spew hatred 24/7.

cheka's picture

chemtrailed the hell out of houston yesterday -- driving the thing (again)?

lil dirtball's picture

You betcha. Climate Change is weather modification/manipulation.

This site has Irma tracking the entirety of FL, S to N:


Looks like we've entered the Black Swan Zone.

JRobby's picture

How do they do it?

Thanks to hyper hyping media, everything will be sold out real quick even though the storms effects will not be for 5 to 6 days.

Hype it, scream it, tell people they are going to die like you did with Matthew. After all, broadcasting is a public service.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture


New all time highs by Friday.


Déjà view's picture

Andrew with 6-Packs await Irma at South Beach...

lil dirtball's picture

> How do they do it?

How do we do it? how do we do it? volume, volume, turn up the volume
Now you've heard it advertised, don't hesitate
Don't be caught with your drawers down,
Don't be caught with your drawers down
You can step right up, step right up


P-51 Stiletto's picture

Best Tom Waits song ever! Multiple versions on youtube.

"Get on the business end of our going out of business sale..."

"Removes embarrassing stains from condom machines! That's right. And it's only a dollar!"

The_Juggernaut's picture

Fact is, anyone living in that part of the world (and anywhere else, really) should have had supplies stocked up long ago. The only thing they should be heading to the store for now is beer, booze, and limes.

Juggernaut x2's picture

All of that Kumbaya BS will be over in a few months- you can't change human nature.

Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

Human nature is not what the MSM would define it to be...sorry.

Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

This is exactly what I tell people.

Have been sitting idle on the interstate many times due to accidents or construction. People from all walks off life seem to have no problem with each other once they're together put in a situation beyond their control.

Supafly's picture

Some people have the luxury of complaining about stupid shit.  Once the adversity in Texas passes and everybody is snug in their climate controlled environment and watching the news again, they will quickly forget about what's important.

August's picture

>>>Unlike what you hear on CNN and other MSM that spew hatred 24/7.

All the really cool kids hold their neighbors in contempt.


(actually, it's just the MSM projecting their own contempt of the little people in flyover country)

johngaltfla's picture

Florida is now squarely in the bullseye. If any of the recent model runs verify with a 1960 Donna type track, that will be two $200 billion hits to the economy in less than a month.

The problem with a Florida hit is not just that it impacts those who live here, but the vacation industry as a whole and those who have second homes down here. A cat 4 hit on the West Coast of Florida is a horrific thought for those of us who live here, especially as many of us will be relocating should it be as bad as Harvey was. We are still recovering from the 18" of rain that we got last weekend and there is no place for the water from a hurricane to go but up so flooding will be a nightmare.

JRobby's picture

Squarely in the bullseye?

roadhazard's picture

I was living in S.Fla. when Donna hit. Compared to today not many people were down there then. My disaster kit was a couple bottles of liquor and stayed in bed with my new girlfriend. Good times.

johngaltfla's picture

I sort of enjoy the pre-hurricane clearances. Publix used to offer all their steaks at 50% off the day before a storm because they didn't want to lose them. I usually load up on ribeye steaks and beer and grill dinner every night until the power comes back on.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Worse than Donna was the great gale of 1848. They actually had to redraw the maps from Englewood to Tampa. That storm would kill millions today, and at the time crossed the State with still enough force to knock down houses in Jacksonville. Similar path and a September storm.

johngaltfla's picture

OH yeah, wiped entire communities off the map. Small towns were on the map in 1848, gone in 1849. Imagine if the one track verifies from Macro Island raking the coastline through Tampa Bay.

Clycntct's picture


earth polar shift


It's what you get when the Earth takes acid.


johngaltfla's picture

Uh toady, it will be here Saturday night/Sunday. That ain't two weeks.

JRobby's picture

Squarely in the bullseye?

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Hope it doesn't affect the football season opening weekend. /s

Yog Soggoth's picture

Actually it's a little less than that. If it were to turn as they are predicting now, it could head north in about 2 days from Cuba to Florida and take additional day or 2 to really strafe the entire coast from Naples to Tampa doing maximum damage along the way. Prep is great, but if there is even a chance of getting hit by the high winds and especially storm surge, you evacuate. So then all you need is gas, cash, gun,  and spare. Map, plastic spoons, can openers, road flare, two ft. piece of PVC pipe that fits over tire iron for breaker bar, piece of 3/4 inch plywood to put under jack in bad conditions,  and car chargers comes in handy.

MonsterBox's picture

Doom porn. Still too far away for an accurate forecast track.

MozartIII's picture

Last I checked, looks like it will hit 20 sections of various coasts. Bad ass storm!! S/

Hikikomori's picture

Exactly - as I posted before Harvey struck - hurricanes are extremely capricious.  Anyone claiming to know where a hurricane will strike even 24 hours before landfall is blowing smoke.

Crazy Or Not's picture

you just have to keep saying it, eventually it seeps in and takes root as a philosophy.
Once you know what's really coming there's really only 3 choices...
1. Fuck it and keep going...apathy
2. Leave, start over and kick it from the outside....revolt
3. Continue tearing down systems as you go....evolve.

see you on the other side.  "Broadsword calling Danny Boy, over" 

FORD_FIESTA's picture

Hope it hits as a CAT5 and wipes Florida into the ocean......nothing on the east coast of fl now but low lifes, nigs  and transplant new yawkers......the scum needs to be flushed.

Yog Soggoth's picture

It's most likely heading to the SE coast right now.

unsafe-space-time's picture

Looks like Jesus will give another lesson to libtards and false conservative. Enjoy your mercury laden hurricane rain. Should make y'all few points more tarted.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Should make y'all few points more tarted

Hahaha. If you're going to throw about insults regarding IQ, perhaps you should at least be able to spell your ad hominem correctly. Further, I'm pretty sure that Jesus would not have approved of your attitude.

I'll take an apple tart, cheers.

subversion's picture

Guess it's karma for Kenneth Storey

MozartIII's picture

I called it a week ago! Yes KARMA indeed. Florida looking like it will get drilled.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Drilled like Pulse Nightclub drilled?

Mazzy's picture

Make sure your disaster kits are ready (i.e. pull retail demand forward and pay your sales tax!)

Pleb_From_Windsorstan's picture

So sad it won't hit Eccles building & 33 "Liberty" Street