Hurricane Irma

In the moment: Hurricane Irma Arrives – Part 2

September 19, 2017

By: Daniel Schumann – Senior Vice President, Worldwide Facilities – Orlando

Irma’s official U.S. landfall is reported at 9:10 am local time on Sunday at Cudjoe Key, Florida. With so many predicted scenarios, the actual reality of Hurricane Irma has begun.

Irma is 400 miles wide. Whether we live in the north, south, east, or west of Florida, Irma will seem like a different storm because each area of the state will be affected in a different way – it will only be a matter of hours before each of us finds out how.

By mid-Sunday morning the news starts providing “reports of” in the Keyes. With the exception of brave correspondents and camera crews willing to stand outside in 100+mph winds, it is hard to get real-time accounts of what is happening in the areas being hit. Despite all the technology available to us, the loss of power in the affected areas makes it difficult for those locations to relay information.

For those of us waiting, the lack of information is unsettling, to say the least. By late afternoon the storm is tracking more inland despite most predictions that it would head straight up the west coast. This is good news for folks who live near the Gulf of Mexico. However it makes those of us who live inland increasingly nervous.

At 8:30 pm I lose power in Orlando. By 11:00 pm forecasters are predicting that the eye will pass over Central Florida within three hours. Our minds are racing about how family, friends, clients and insureds will fare.

During the night, anything can happen with a storm this powerful: blown windows, water intrusion, flooding, trees falling through the roof, etc. In addition, the news is warning Central Florida that tornadoes are a real threat as we are lying within the northeast quadrant of the hurricane where tornado activity is most predominant.

It is time to ride it out…

For more information, contact Daniel Schumann at dschumann@wwfi.com or (407) 734-4444

 

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