From the ORANGE COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management advises residents to stay safe as recovery efforts begin for Hurricane Irma. To put Hurricane Irma into perspective, based on preliminary assessments, the damage from this storm appears to be far greater than what Orange County experienced from Charley in 2004.

The mandatory curfew remains in effect through 6 p.m. Crews are still assessing damage on the roads, downed power lines and traffic lights. This curfew does not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services. Patience is needed to ensure the removal of debris, the safety of first responders and recovery crews.

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level 1. For official Orange County emergency information, visit www.ocfl.net/Irma.

STORM UPDATE

There are strike teams throughout the County – including Orange County Fire Rescue, Public Works, Utilities, law enforcement partners and power companies – responding to public safety emergencies. The teams are assessing infrastructure and property damage. The teams will begin to restore the loss of infrastructure and resources.

Orange County continues to monitor developments related to the sinkhole in the Apopka Vineland and Colonial area. Orange County Fire Rescue teams safely evacuated residents who found safe shelter in a nearby clubhouse and with family and friends.

In spite of significant proactive efforts to minimize potential flooding, about 130 homes off Kirkman and Old Winter Garden Road, experienced significant flooding. Fire Rescue transported these individuals, with the assistance of the National Guard, to a nearby shelter.

SHELTERS IN ORANGE COUNTY

In Orange County, 18 shelters remain open. About, 4,300 individuals, along with 200 pets took refuge in these shelters. Overnight, several shelters experienced intermittent power disruptions.

POWER & UTILITIES

Orange County is experiencing widespread power outages. As of 8 a.m. on Monday, Duke and OUC are reporting nearly 300,000 homes without power in Orange County. Due to power outages from Hurricane Irma, Orange County Utilities is also experiencing widespread outages of wastewater pump stations.

Orange County asks residents to minimize their water use for activities such as toilet flushing, bathing, washing dishes or laundry.

If residents have filled bathtubs with water in preparation for the storm, please wait to drain this water for at least one day or until power service is restored in your area.

FIRE RESCUE

There was one report of a traffic fatality during Hurricane Irma assess.
About 60 percent of Orange County Fire Stations are currently operating through backup generators.
Orange County’s 911 dispatchers have received 1,381 calls to 911 between Sunday, midnight through 5:45 am. Monday.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I am so happy to see that hurricane passed on that I don’t know what to do. I am so tired today. I got up so early yesterday and stayed up all night and was traumatized thinking my big tree was going to fall on my house or that the roof was going to blow away. That was scary around about 2:30 until 3:30 am and I kept hearing booms and something hitting something. This morning we discovered our tall Washingtonia Palm that has been there probably 25 years by the driveway in the front was uprooted and had fell, except that the street light power lines had caught the top of the palm by the frond head and stopped it from totally falling, so now we have a big tall palm lying horizontally across our drive but hanging by the power line. We were able to move the truck out and around underneath the palm but can’t park in the drive, and called Duke Energy to come help do something. We can’t cut it down like this entangled in the power line of the street lights. Can’t drive underneath it in the drive and the power company said they would come check it out, but they haven’t. It is dangerous like it is, but what can we do? They tell you not to mess with it if it is in a power line.

  2. We had downed limbs everywhere but no damage from them. We have been working to try to clean up all the debris, and it is hard and tiring to do. Messed up some of my ornamental plants, but thank goodness we are alive and the house is alright, no damage. This hurricane could have been way more worse and deadly. Apopka is lucky, even if our city looks like a war zone. Ustler Road had so many trees down plus some flooding. We drove through the main drag of Errol and was shocked to see the big old trees down. I couldn’t believe Dream Lake flooding behind the Connelly house, the trees down at Kit Land Nelson Park, and sad to see the Park Avenue Church of God damaged after the damage they had fixed not that long ago due to the Lynx Bus accident. What a shame. So many roads blocked by trees, so many trees down on roofs. It is all so overwhelming. Oh and Piedmont Wekiwa Road and 436 at the newly redone Piedmont Plaza Shopping Plaza under water in the parking lot and the pond with the fountain……over the road and deeply flooded! The retention ponds for the most part heavily flooded. Didn’t seem that it rained that much to me……but it did apparently.

  3. We had flickering numerous times with the power but never lost power throughout the whole hurricane. That is a blessing in itself. However our street lights are going to be out because not just for our palm on the line, but on the other side of our neighbor’s line, it is all down and somebody rolled in up and laid it on the bushes in the front, so that means a dark street. We always have a time with the street lights for some reason or another here, but hardly ever lose the house power.

  4. I have seen the fire trucks and ambulances and big fire engine running up and down Martin St. today. Maybe somebody was hurt by a chainsaw? Martin St. was blocked this morning by a very large oak right out in the road. I hated to see that the pretty Jacaranda Trees down on Martin St. at Central St intersection had split in the wind, and been damaged. Those are such pretty exotic trees, that I admire all the time when they bloom the pretty lavender blooms. I am a tree hugger, so yeah, this hurricane ticked me off to see the trees down.

  5. They showed a photo on the internet of a man and a woman who had been married 75 years and there names were: Harvey and Irma. Isn’t that something!

  6. When are you city slickers at city hall going to get busy and straighten my fern fronds on the fern sculpture? Apopka is being shown right now on tv channel 9 Jeff Deal about the Border Lake on 436 overflowing.

  7. I am tired of staple foods and canned foods. I want something good to eat. When are things going to be open again. I am hungry! I want a steak and a baked potato. I can’t even grill me one if I wanted to.

  8. The store next to Burger King is open but has no power, or gas, but they are selling snacks, beer, and cigs. The store at Votaw and Thompson is open, but I don’t know about if they have gas or not. I don’t know of anything else open anywhere….this sucks. All I got is some hot dogs, peanut butter, and some ravolii, and beefaroni, canned tuna,….and no cookies! I guess I wouldn’t make it as a survivor on the island, like on tv.

  9. Kings Buffett would be good right now……or Catfish House. I’m starving…!!! I’ll pass on the Awful House….until they get their complete menu back again, pre-hurricane……

  10. Okay, now this is sick….have you seen the latest on Hurricane Jose? He is going to do a loop de loop and then head to the west or north toward Orlando. I am not kidding. They just showed it on the map on tv. Jose is a category 1 right now, but he will, of course, get fueled up, gain some testerone grow some- – – – – and come growling over here acting cocky, and try to dictate our next few beautiful weekends after getting cleaned up from Irma. Men! LOL

  11. On the positive side , we live near the Apopka High school, a few trees and branches down , we never lost power, West Martin has a few trees down, people lost some fencing, house down the street had a tree fall a on their car and truck, been trying to get the yard cleaned up and to the curb, retention pond on Lake and W Martin you could float a boat in for the first time in about 14 years, otherwise we are doing ok, some of the streets behind me don’t have power, guess they are on a different grid, hoping all my friends are safe.

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