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Curfew for Osceola in effect at 7 p.m.

Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Osceola County Emergency Operations is at Level 1: “full activation” and announced a mandatory 23-hour curfew that will begin today at 7 p.m.  Below is a current status of operations:

Weather: Please keep clear of roadways and stay indoors. The threat for tornadoes has developed this morning south of Orlando and Cape Canaveral and will expand northward to all areas this afternoon. Several brief, short track tornadoes are possible; a few tornadoes may also develop farther inland later today. Tornado Watches will likely continue please watch local media or your NOAA radio.

Irma has a very large radius of high winds that is far-reaching with significant damage potential. Sustained Tropical Storm winds have been occurring in rain bands as they move northward into Central Florida.

Curfew: In effect for all of Osceola County from today at 7 p.m. to Monday at 6 p.m. This includes the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud. Having non-essential vehicles off the streets ensures public safety personnel and law enforcement can adequately provide services once the storm passes.

 

This curfew will not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services. Individuals going to or from work must have a photo ID and work phone number.

 

Shelters: Osceola’s total shelter capacity was under 70 percent as of 1 p.m. Libery High and Kissimmee Middle are full.

 

While shelters remain open, residents should consider weather conditions before trying to get to one.

 

Special needs: Barney Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744

Pet-friendly: Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Boulevard, St Cloud, FL 34771

Other shelters:

  • Celebration High School, 1809 Celebration Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • Horizon Middle School, 2020 Ham Brown Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • Narcoossee Middle School, 2700 N. Narcoossee Road, St. Cloud, FL 34771
  • Cloud High School, 2000 Bulldog Lane, St. Cloud, FL 34769.

 

Some things to think about after the storm.

 

Traffic lights: When power is out, treat intersections as 4-way stops.

 

Generator safety: It is vital to practice generator safety to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrocution, and fire dangers.

  • Avoid CO poisoning by running your generator outside, away from doors, windows and vents.  Never use a generator inside your home or garage.  Remember, you may not be able to smell or see CO, but it can quickly lead to incapacitation and death.
  • Do not operate your generator in wet conditions.  A wet generator can lead to electrocution. Make sure your hands are dry before touching a running generator.
  • When refueling your generator, make sure to first turn it off and allow it to cool down.  Spilling fuel on a hot generator might lead to fire.

For additional tips on generator safety, please visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use#What-size-generator-will-I-need-

Power lines: Remember, if you see a downed power line, stay away to stay alive.  Do not touch it, do not approach it, and do not drive over it.  Assume that a downed power line is live and can electrocute you.  Do not try to move it yourself or anything in contact with it.  Also, be careful not to step in any water near a downed power line. The ground around it may be energized.  If you spot a downed power line, call 911 immediately.

Declaration of Emergency Extended: Osceola County and the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud are under local a Declaration of Emergency.

 

Garbage: Due to Hurricane Irma there will be no curbside collection service in the county, Monday, September 11. Monday service is scheduled for Tuesday.

 

Water: Residents are reminded that the tap is an excellent source of clean water, which can be stored in containers for drinking and cooking. Bath tubs also are great for holding larger amounts of water for washing and flushing toilets.

 

Communication Tools: Osceola County is providing timely updates through social media.  Please follow us:

 

 

To speak with an Osceola County representative regarding Hurricane Irma, call the Citizen Information Center at 407-742-0000.