"It's A Killer" - Florida Orders A Third Of The Population To Evacuate As Irma Hurtles Toward Tampa

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Florida’s highways and backroads are clogged with motorists after Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an unprecedented 6.2 million residents of central and southern Florida to evacuate. Meanwhile, Miami, along with many towns and cities along the state’s southeastern coast, resembles a ghost town, according to the New York Post.

To recap: The category 4 storm has already carved a path of destruction through the Caribbean, leaving 90% or Barbuda uninhabitable and nearly a million people without power in Puerto Rico. And now, with the storm’s outer bands already battering the southern part of the state, meteorologists are saying Irma has suddenly shifted westward and is now heading toward Florida’s Gulf Coast – specifically, the Tampa Bay area.

Here’s the Associated Press:

Forecasters expect Irma’s core to come ashore Sunday and strike the Keys, southwestern Florida and the Tampa Bay region, which hasn’t felt a major hurricane since 1921. The eye is expected to miss heavily-populated Miami, which may have dodged a bubble in the last minute, but that area will still get life-threatening hurricane conditions even without a direct hit, Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.

Irma weakened slightly to Category 3 with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph on Saturday morning, but it was expected to pick up strength again as it closes in on Florida.

Damaging winds bombarded Key Biscayne and Coral Gables on Saturday morning with gusts of up to 56 mph (90 kph) recorded at Virginia Key, near Miami, according to the National Weather Service.

It's not just the wind that is deadly, the storm surge could well be life-threatening too...

In one of the country’s largest evacuations, a record 6.2 million people in Florida, or 30% of the state’s population, have been ordered to leave, and another 540,000 were ordered out on the Georgia coast. Authorities opened hundreds of shelters for people who did not leave. Meanwhile, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued evacuation orders for Hilton Head Island and six of the state's other barrier islands, according to the Associated Press. Hotels as far away as Atlanta were filling up with evacuees.



Scott warned that those who choose to stay will be on their own, before urging everybody in the Keys to get out as fast as possible.

“If you are planning to leave and do not leave tonight, you will have to ride out this extremely dangerous storm at your own risk,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday.


"It's getting late ... if you're not on the road on the west coast by noon you need to get to a shelter...get off the road,"

Ray Scarborough and girlfriend Leah Etmanczyk left their home in Big Pine Key and fled north with her parents and three big dogs to stay with relatives in Orlando. Scarborough was 12 when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992 and remembers lying on the floor in a hallway as the storm nearly ripped the roof off his house.

“‘They said this one is going to be bigger than Andrew. When they told me that, that’s all I needed to hear,’ said Scarborough, now a 37-year-old boat captain. “That one tore everything apart.”

Their house in the Keys, up on 6-foot (1.8-meter) stilts, has flooded before.

“This isn’t our first rodeo. Andrew was a wicked storm. Wilma was a wicked storm. This one is going to be worse. Then we’ll go home and rebuild, like we always do,” said Etmanczyk, a 29-year-old teacher.”

While it might take some residents along the state’s gulf coast by surprise, the storm’s westward shift means “a less costly, a less deadly storm,” according to University of Miami. Still, forecasters warned that Irma’s winds could reach from coast to coast, testing the rapid development of more stringent hurricane-proof building codes in the last decade or so.

As residents flee, streets were nearly deserted early Saturday in Palm Beach County as the first squalls hit the state’s Atlantic coast. Gas stations ran out of fuel, grocery stores were closed and only a few fast-food restaurants were open.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott took to CBS This Morning to warn residents that the storm was going to have "a big impact" on the state, calling it a "killer." for large swaths of southern and central Florida. He has ordered all schools in the state shut, and was scrambling to set up emergency shelters for residents, according to an interview with CBS This Morning.

"People are going to shelters, but I just want to make sure everybody understands this is an unbelievable, massive, destructive storm, and it's a killer," he said.

Meanwhile, some of the worst-case projections will likely leave the southernmost parts of the state uninhabitable for months. According to one forecaster, a reasonable worst case scenario has over half of Key West underwater due to storm surge.


The storm, which is presently battering parts of Cuba, is expected to make landfall early Sunday, bringing winds well over 100 miles per hour and dangerous water levels...

...meanwhile, Hurricane Jose - a Category 4 storm - is following closely behind.

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Looney's picture


According to ReutersThe U.S. Navy is moving the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln into position to provide humanitarian relief from Irma.”

I’m a bit worried. Our “humanitarian relief” efforts always involve Shock and Awe, the Tomahawks, and the MOABs. ;-)


HRClinton's picture

Gonna be a veggie burger, as its path is now projected to go past West Coast of FL.

With winds coming overland, from what is already a downgraded Cat 3 hurricane, the storm surge can now only happen at the tail/South end of the spiral.

Pinellas County now has a mandatory Zone A and B evacuation. Schools closed on Monday, probably Tuesday and maybe Wednesday too.

If you recall, our friends in Clearwater, live at 50' elevation (McMullen Booth and Enterprise area). With the storm going up the West Coast, instead of East Coast, they've canned their plans to take their 55' boat 150 miles due West. Instead, they are staying put and hunkering down with their neighbors. 

jcaz's picture

Yes, because it's so much safer to be driving among those desperate idiots.....

It's a storm.  We get a lot of them down here.  Use some common sense and you'll be fine.

Or not.

Rusty Shorts's picture

IRMA will not make landfall in Florida, it's in Central Cuba now. .. 24 hour loop.



Déjà view's picture

IRMA has an 'eye' for CHARLIE...

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

But the great news is that fake "news" corporations had a lot more people tuning into them over this.

"EVERYBODY PANIC.  NOW!!!  Don't forget to tune in hourly for updates."

Fortunately, the Global Warming® (since rebranded Climate Chang®, since rebranded CO2 Pollution®, since rebranded Climate Disruption®) forecasts are WAY better than these even though the models, when run against past data, don't work.

BaBaBouy's picture

With all the expensive computers/radars/weathermen, no-one knows where its gonna land and at what level...

Mother Nature only knows.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

We paid off the African witch doctor steering it.

These do originate by Africa.  Coincidence?!?!  I think not...

ToSoft4Truth's picture

 "Dr. Bombay.  Calling Dr. Bombay!  Emergency!  Come right away!"

Never One Roach's picture

Muller is opening an investigation into whether irma is colluding with the Russians, CNN reports.

stizazz's picture

Hurricanes might as well have the following Bumper Sticker: DON'T MESS WITH GOD. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-3Mc

bamawatson's picture

"hurtles toward tampa" ?  

the storm is, and has for quite some time been, traveling DUE WEST

it is presently "hurtling" at 9mph toward the open gulf of mexico

i repost this from yesterday's fearmonger zh story depicting what "miami could look like sunday morning"

bamawatson  Haus-Targaryen Sep 8, 2017 5:24 PM

this may be what .gov fearmonger forecasters look like sunday morning https://i.pinimg.com/originals/61/f3/4d/61f34d09d6e0003956126ea789dc55b6...



jcaz's picture

Shhhh-  Rick Scott is counting on the donations from this hurricane to balance his budget this year-  facts will mess that plan up......

BTW,  Rick is fond of calling this a "killer" hurricane- if that's so, will his Attorney General decline to prosecute it?

At least he stopped calling it a "Nuclear hurricane"-   that one comes straight from Sharknado 6, I think-  always fun to watch leaders inciting panic amongst the serfdom....

Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record-Setting Wildfires; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?


So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.


The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!


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gatorengineer's picture

I think some folks gonna have some splaining to do.... They cry fire when there is one so much that if there ever were no one would listen

consider me gone's picture

I agree entirely. I'm in SE Florida a wee bit North of Palm Beach. I am so glad I used my brain instead of believing those guys. I'm like, wait, They have this thing cruising up US 1 From Miami to GA and stopping at every light. WTF. Then they have it driving up I 75 from Naples to GA. Is thing thing using a GPS? Does it make potty stops. They've lost all credibility in my book. Maximum fear was their goal, but then in their defense, they have to err on the side of worst case scenario. That IS their job. But now, I'm really, Really glad I stayed instead of being some played lemming on Hell's own highway, I fucking 95.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Look at it now being blown apart over Cuba. Fucking thing is barely moving either.

Where is the strengthening and 140mph winds?

jcaz's picture

"But... But.... But.... It's gonna go back into the Gulf and magically suck up all the heat to get back to a Cat 5 in the 90 miles to Florida,  make a 145 degree right turn against prevailing jet streams and vaporize everything in the big red zone, because I've been watching it on CNN for six days straight, so I GOTTA be an expert in weather, dammit- it's the only fulfilment possible in my sad, tedious life!!!" 

The_Juggernaut's picture

Gonna be ugly when the storm shows up and ten percent of Florida is stranded on the side of the road with no gas.

Never One Roach's picture

That's what I was wondering also. I guess it's tme to buy that funeral home/crematorium stawk.


They may be fishing bodiess out of water for weeks, at least the ones those gators do not devour.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Question: Lately, i have been veiwing some archive information and found the video clip listed below in my archives from Aug'17. 

For those wondering what in the HELL is going on with these storms in America, I want to let you know we are not alone. It is happening all over the GLOBE. Below is the video that gives a really good summary of the last seven months with a DIVINE message. I recently watched it again and really liked it. I hope you enjoy it as well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnosXq9gyFg&feature=youtu.be (694,648 views)

Published on Aug 12, 2017 VIDEO provides the latest scientific and video evidence of the End Times of 2017.  It seems Science is now predicting Times and Dates. 

Screwtape III's picture

Which is why I'm taking a can of gas with me when I go to my son's house tomorrow.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Latest STORM SURGE and RAINFALL Video ... Amount of water that Southern FL is going to get is going to put most of Southern FL underwater. Unbelievable!!!! The earlier MIAMI FLOOD SIMULATION posted on ZH may indeed come to pass.

STORM SURGE and RAINFALL VIDEO - https://youtu.be/dfSLaopV3hw

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Does anything good come out of Afreeka?  Oh, that's right...slaves, diamonds, and gold.

J S Bach's picture

Where are 6+ million people on the road supposed to go?  Are there that many Motel 6s on I-75?

The Alarmist's picture

To the homes of those pesky relatives who always hit them up for a cheap place to stay when they were in Vacationland.

consider me gone's picture

No but there is a free continental breakfast.  

TBT or not TBT's picture

Coffee beans, cacao beans, rare earth minerals, uranium, jihadis, ebola, safaris and quite a lot of oil and gas. 

nope-1004's picture

Half of Miami went to Orlando to escape.

Now that it's headed up the west coast, watch Fort Myers and Tampa head to Orlando too.  I wouldn't want to be in Orlando.


Giant Meteor's picture

What you going to do to greet Irma? "I'm going to Disney!"

Karlus's picture

We are caming out in Lake Nona. Waifu went to Disney last night.


Not bad here right now at all. Traffic was light

Big Creek Rising's picture

I would never want to be in Orlando


Father ¢hristmas's picture

Shiiiieeet, I did a job in Orlando a few months ago, first time I ever been.

I pull up to the Days Inn at one in the morning on a Thursday, two motel room doors open up on the second floor, like three Mexican hoesand two dudes smoking blunts pile out.  Car pulls up beside me, moar Mexican hoes hop out and go to a buncha different rooms, all giving me the eye.

I drop my bag off and hit the 7-11 for some beer and hot dogs, I catch a bad Puerto Rican bitch and knock her off in my room real quick for $40.

I shower and go holla at one of them blunt smoking dudes for some blow, I catch one of the Mexican hoes, I knock her off for a dub and a couple of lines.

Go to sleep, finish the job in the morning, catch one of those teenage volleyball players on the Peruvian team in town for a tournament, take her back to the Days and knock her off, for free.

If I didn't wanna fuck my neighbor's fiancée so bad, I'd be in Orlando right fucking now laid up like Wilt Chamberlain.

The Alarmist's picture

Hope you use a condom when hitting that third-world shit.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

Your asking if a slut like him uses condom, the answer is likely no.

Ms No's picture

I think he is talking about a movie he rented.

JRobby's picture

Delusional but no more institutions to accommodate. Put a freezer bag over your head. Suffocate.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

So you're a walking STD slut. Sick fucks like you are one of the reasons why our health care cost are so high.

Mr Hankey's picture

Y'all jus'jelly. Don be a playah hattah.

jcaz's picture

You're wise- fags get shot up in nightclubs here, so you'll be safer avoiding Orlando;

We do tend to let baby-killers off the hook, tho, so keep us in mind for your next convention.

consider me gone's picture

I lived in Orlando. It is a vast expanse of corporate franchises. It has no character. None. It is not living. It is simply existing. Eat, sleep, shit, work ad infinitum. There is always getting drunk and fucking of course but you can do that in much, much better places than Orlando. Orlando is for people who have no imagination and no real ambition to really live life.

bilbert's picture

Good call - you never want to be in Orlando even if the weather is PERFECT.

It's a fucking brain-dead hell-hole.  Most Floridians would rather have a root canal than go to Orlando.

JRobby's picture

A factual statement.

MSM ratings recover for 6 days..............then it's back on the road to bankruptcy attacking Trump 24/7.

I hate them with a level of dark, dark sin. 

Giant Meteor's picture

The little woman has had it on non stop since  Thursday. Daughter and grandkids on the south eastern coast, other family in Clearwater. I prefer reading and writing. To me. the weather channel it's a bit like elevator music, or Fox NewS playing in the doctors office. Background noise easily tuned out.

Sometimes I do look up however, usually in those moments of supreme hyperbole or haunted scenes painted in stark and foreboding language, with most excellent graphics. I enjoyed the new storm surge illustrations. I mean holy hell, scare the shit out of anybody sitting there waitin on the weather bomb to end them.

Below is my response to your media / technology, then and now comment ;) (in regards to predictability) -- > Understood, to a degree, you are correct, generally, as I myself have mentioned in a previous comment, yesterday.

Still, I do believe, in terms of advanced warning systems, that the two could NOT possibly be compared (virtually no warning system circa 1900, versus 2017 with extensive warning systems / technology, and yes, creating billions in job descriptions and revenue. None can today however, say that they were completely, totally, unaware, blindsided by any modern day hurricane event.

I don't envision in these times, 6,000 plus souls dying in a modern day hurricane event, because hell, they didn't know there was a hurricane event ! On the contrary. This providing of course, the US lo the world has not already slipped into some MAD MAX / Zombie Apocolypse scenario, in which case all bets are off, and I retract this statement in it's entirety.

Yes, the mainstream, mass media sucks, for a multitude of reasons. I get that, and hold similar high disregard for them .. They are in many ways, the "Yellow Journalists" of our time. Fear (like sex), as always, sells. Media is geared and adept at making hyperbolic, emotional appeals, and of course offers a high degree of bad information, with a heavy dose of manipulation.

My point is .. for better or worse, people generally know when these things are possibly heading their way, their general direction. I am grateful my daughter and grandkids should be spared the worst of it, however, as I mentioned to her, you are still going to have a long night ahead, no matter what. Loss of power in wide areas, is likely a given ..

Also, even if on the southeast coast, winds are a downgraded to a (mere) 100 mph sustained .. last I knew this thing was creepin, so long periods of sustained winds, 75-100 mph no joke. The surge I would expect after that scenario, also very likely to be a real problem in more than a few areas.

Irma is as I write, now spawning tornadoes in Broward County, and they've barely begun.

Do not let your hate for MSM blind you to the reality. Irma has fucked up some things, and people, and ain't done yet, no matter where the fuck she is ultimately headed. And you're right, I don't need Cantori to tell me this, in between Michelin commercials ..

jcaz's picture

Uh, not sure which Florida you live in, but mine isn't "spawning tornados"-  you might want to check out some of the local Broward webcams and see for yourself, sparky-  sorry to disappoint you, wherever you really are right now......

What- EXACTLY- is the purpose of you spewing this bullshit?  You work for FEMA?