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UPDATES: Latest information on Hurricane Irma and its aftermath

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Continual updates on Hurricane Irma and its aftermath:

- Regular garbage and recycling collection schedules will resume Thursday for Sarasota. Place storm debris separate, away from mailboxes & hydrants.

- In unincorporated Sarasota County, normal collection days will resume Wednesday, Sept. 13.

- The Sarasota County Landfill is open for trash and yard waste Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Residents can transport vegetative storm related debris and trash to the landfill. All fees are waived until Sept. 23.

- Sarasota County residents: If you have a small amount of storm related debris and you bundled or bagged as yard waste, it will be picked up on your regularly scheduled day starting Wednesday, Sept. 13.

- Storm debris is not required to be bagged or bundled. Debris removal operations for larger debris placed near the right of way should be in operation by Monday, Sept. 18, and continue until determined complete. Debris pickup may not occur on your normal collection day. More info: https://www.scgov.net/government/irma-storm-debris

- City of Sarasota: Final two water main breaks should be fixed by 9 p.m. and water restored to all customers.

- Suncoast Blood Bank will open Wednesday and operate on generators. There is an urgent need for platelets and all blood types, especially O neg. Find a donor center: http://www.scbb.org/donateblood/donor-centers.html 

- Residents who live near the Myakka River may see a potential of 2-3 feet of storm surge, through Wednesday night, from Irma.

- FPL is asking people to re-report their outages because their systems were affected by Irma and they lost data. Report here: http://fplmaps.com/

- This week's Friday Fest at the Van Wezel has been cancelled.

- The City of North Port issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents in the North Port Estates and areas close to the Myakkahatchee Creek.

-  Sarasota County Schools will reopen on Monday.

       What to know for the upcoming week:

  • USPS mail delivery is still suspended.
  • FPL is working around the clock to restore power. You can get updated outage numbers on the FPL website
  • Many traffic lights are out. Treat intersection as a 4 way stop. 

Traffic signals may be down because of #HurricaneIrma. If a traffic signal is not operating, it should be treated as a four-way stop sign. pic.twitter.com/77jT5XhLne

— FLHSMV (@FLHSMV) September 11, 2017
  • Sarasota and Manatee County schools return to class Monday. 
  • There is a boil order for the barrier islands in the city of Sarasota. 
  • SCAT returns to normal status on Wednesday, but you can check the travel status on the SCAT website.
  • Amtrak's website has the latest delay/cancellation schedule.
  • You can check your local Publix store for opening information on their website. There is also information on Winn Dixie store statuses. Walmart has a special website section for that information as well.
  • Tuesday night on ABC, and many other networks, you can watch the "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief". For more information, check out the website.
  • If you have an internet outage, there are some options across the Suncoast to help you get connected.
  • If you would like to volunteer in the aftermath of Irma, check out Volunteer Florida.
  • The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is open to all traffic.
  • Waste Management; Manatee County: Residential and commercial service will resume Tuesday, September 12. Residents with Tuesday/Friday collection will have their garbage collected on their normal days. Residents with Monday/Thursday collection will have their garbage collected on Wednesday and Thursday this week. There will be NO collection of recycling, yard waste or storm debris.
  • Waste Management; Sarasota County: Residential and commercial service will resume Wednesday, September 13 with Wednesday routes.
  • Packinghouse restaurant is open and all first responders get free lunch.

Monday Updates

- 8:48 p.m. USF Sarasota-Manatee remains without power and a reopening time is still to be determined.  As soon as power is restored, USFSM students, faculty and staff will be updated regarding plans to reopen.

- 8:36 p.m. The Ringling College is closed through Friday.

- 8:30 p.m. Manatee County School District announces no school until Monday Sept. 18.

- 6:11 p.m. Sunshine Skyway Bridge is open.

- 5:15 p.m. The north and southbound lane at Bliss Road is closed at Diamond Circle South due to excess storm water flow into a drainage canal.

- 4:30 p.m. Both the north and south bridges on Siesta Key are now open. 

- 3:59 p.m. The Tom Adams Bridge will remain closed to boat traffic until further notice. Charlotte County staff is not yet able to evaluate the lock’s operability and perform the necessary safety checks. 

- 2:29 p.m. ROAD CLOSURE: Mendoza Road between US 41 and Canal Rd is blocked by trees. Lena Road is now open. 

- 2:15 p.m. Venice Airport now OPEN. 

- Water service has been restored to the barrier islands including Bird Key, Coon Key, St. Armands Key and Lido Key. There is a 48 hour boil order for customers who lost power.
 
- Ringling Causeway Bridge open at 1 p.m., Cortez and Manatee bridges open at 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key bridges open at 4 p.m.
 
- Sarasota Airport estimated to open at 3pm. 
 
- Holmes Beach Police: The storm surge appears to have been very minimal on the island. There has not been any noticeable flooding found. Last night would have been the highest it would have been. We have been very lucky so far! (10:19am)
 
- The Manatee County curfew has been lifted.
 
- The John Ringling bridge just reopened according to Sarasota Police.
 
- Rothenbach Park closed today to stage vehicles for debris removal. (6:28am)
 
- Beginning at dawn, Sarasota County Utilities will start working to restore water and sewer to Siesta and Casey keys. Estimating 4-8 hours to complete.
 
- Lido Key is not accessible due to multiple trees down on WB Gulf Stream at Coon Key.
 
- Avoid the area of McIntosh and Bahia Vista due to flooding on the roadway.
 
- It's not over! Tropical storm force winds are moving through the Suncoast. 58mph reported at SRQ. Stay off the roads.
 
- Dozens of reports of downed trees and power lines across the Suncoast. Do NOT travel on the roads until officials give the all clear.
 
- From Manatee County: First responders will not begin responding to calls until dawn. Curfew remains until 3 p.m. 
 
- County 911 call center is once again taking all calls. (2:33am)
 
- We have some reports of windows blown out in Desoto and Hardee counties, but the power is out in the area so it's difficult to communicate with residents there. (12:20 a.m.)
 
- Tornado watch ends for Sarasota-Bradenton area. (11:30 p.m.)
 
 
- Most of the heavy rain is gone for our viewing area. Storm surge not expected to be a major problem. (11:20 p.m.)
 
- Wind gusts of 81 mph reported around Longboat Key. (11:10 p.m.) 
 
- Sarasota County emergency officials ask people at shelters to not rush homes in the morning, to stay past breakfast. They want to have time to assess any damages before everyone heads back. (10:50 p.m.)
 
- Irma likely to pass through the Sarasota / Bradenton area as a Category 1 hurricane after weakening significantly. Peak storm expected to begin at midnight and last 5 hours. (10:30 p.m.)
 
- FHP troopers in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Hardee and Highlands counties are now off the road due to deteriorating conditions and high wind gusts.  (10:10 p.m.)
 
- Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reports most calls coming in are about electrical hazard (power lines, transformers blowing). The second most are about Fires. No one can be dispatched to these calls during lock-down. (9:45 p.m.)

- Weather station reports 84 mph wind gust near Siesta Drive and U.S. 41. (9:25 p.m.)

- The city of Venice has been forced to shut the water plant down due to Hurricane Irma. The city is under a boil water notice until further notice. (9:15 p.m.)

- Several bands of heavy rains and strong winds, stretching over a 60 mile area, are approaching Lakewood Ranch and then spinning into downtown Sarasota. (8:50 p.m.)

-- The center of the hurricane, with winds of 105 mph, is moving over the north central section of Charlotte County. (8:40 p.m.)

-- Hurricane force winds enter Sarasota as Irma's center moves just northeast of Ft. Myers into Punta Gorda. 89 mph winds reported at Southwest Florida International Airport. (8:10 p.m.)

-- Manatee County - 40,560 out of 184,900 customers are out of power. (7:30 pm)

-- Sarasota County - 90,230 out of 263,800 customers are out of power. (7:30 p.m)

-  Next Manatee County update: 9:30am Monday.

- Irma weakens to Category 2 hurricane as it approaches Naples, Florida. (5:03 p.m.)

- Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has stopped regular patrol operations until further notice due to high winds. (5:01 p.m.)

-  Sarasota County's special needs shelter at 4100 Tatum Rd experiences backup power failure. Many oxygen concentrators are offline. (4:52 p.m.)

- Sarasota Police Department has closed off 41st St & Sarasota Ave due to downed power lines. (4:59 p.m.)

- North Port Fire and Rescue has suspected all operations until further notice.  (4:35 p.m.)

- Manatee County Sheriff's Office are no longer responding to calls as conditions are now too dangerous. (4:30 p.m.)

- Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane asks people to text instead of making calls to help keep critical lines open. (4:15 p.m)

- Hurricane Irma makes second landfall in Florida on Marco Island as a Category 3 hurricane. (4:10 p.m.)

- FPL Update: As of 3pm there are 22,280 power outages in Sarasota County, 5,250 in Manatee County.

- The Florida Lottery has temporarily suspended daily drawings. Hold on to your tickets, you will still be eligible to win. (12:35pm)

- All Manatee County public schools and Catholic schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. (12:30 pm)

- There is no curfew in Sarasota County, but the Manatee County 24 hour curfew starts at 3pm. (12:15pm)

- Solid waste collection is now suspended until at least Wednesday. (12:15pm)

- Sarasota County is asking people to conserve water because there are intermittent power issues with wastewater plants. Those plants have increased water flow. (12:15pm)

- According to Superintendent  Dr. Todd Bowden, Sarasota County Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (11:36 p.m.)

- Sarasota County is asking gated communities to disable & secure gates in open position so there is easy access for public safety purposes after the storm.

- Effective at 10 a.m., Charlotte County Public Safety has suspended emergency response to calls for service due to inclement weather conditions (10am)

- UPDATE: A 24 hour curfew is being enacted for Manatee County beginning at 3pm Sunday afternoon. It's a second degree misdemeanor if you violate the curfew and it will be enforced. (10:00am) 

- REMINDER: When winds get above 45 miles per hour, it's not safe to be on the roads and emergency crews won't be able to come help you.  (9:55am)

- Manatee County Shelters are nearing capacity. (9:48am)

- Manatee County: Manatee and Tampa Bay residents should expect deterioration as storm approaches to complete outage of cellular service. (9:30am)

- Hurricane Irma makes landfall at Cudjoe Key in lower Florida Keys as a category 4 hurricane. (9:15am)

- A look at the storm surge in the Florida Keys: 

- From Manatee County: Lakewood Ranch High is last Manatee School to open as a shelter. It will open at approximately 10 am. This is the last chance for shelter.

- 3 weather related deaths in Florida due to Hurricane Irma. Dramatic pictures show how strong the impact was.

- A positive story this morning out of Sarasota. (8:53am) 

- A 24 hour curfew is being enacted for Manatee County beginning at 3pm Sunday afternoon. It's a second degree misdemeanor if you violate the curfew and it will be enforced. (8:35am)

- From Manatee County: Most Shelters are filling up, the two with the most vacancies are Williams Elementary and Gene Witt Elementary (8:23am)

- From Manatee County: Lakewood Ranch High is designated as Shelter of LAST RESORT. If your local shelter is full, LWR will be available by 9 a.m. #hurricaneirma (8:06am)

- Here is the latest information the shelter situation in Sarasota County. (8:00am)

- Gulf Gate Elementary is now accepting pets. 6500 S. Lockwood Ridge Road.

- These shelters are still accepting people in Sarasota: Phillippi Shores Elementary and Gulf Gate Elementary (5:30AM)

- Irma's pressure has dropped to 928 MB. Showing signs of strengthening. Irma is a Cat 4 storm. Winds: 130 MPH. Moving to the NW @ 6 MPH. (5:23AM)

- These shelters are full to capacity in Manatee County: Bayshore High School, Braden River HS, Braden River MS, Daughtry Elementary, Kinnan Elementary,  Lee Middle School, Myakka Elementary,  Manatee High School, Oneco Elementary, Tillman Elementary. (11:40 p.m. Saturday)

- There are 12,441 people in Sarasota County hurricane shelters. The county government expects there is room for roughly 6,500 more people. (11:25 p.m. Saturday)

- A sliver of good news: NWS downgrades Irma to a Cat 3 when it is expected to reach the Suncoast. (11:10 p.m. Saturday)

- Skyway Bridge closed to all traffic for the duration of Hurricane Irma. (10:35 p.m. Saturday)

- All draw bridges in Sarasota County are closed to marine traffic. (10:15 p.m. Saturday)

 -- Anna Maria Island will lose water and sewer at 10 p.m. (9:15 p.m. Saturday)

-- Sunshine Skyway Bridge reopens after winds die down. (8:05 p.m. Saturday)

-- All water and sewer will be turned off as of 8 p.m. Saturday to Siesta and Casey Keys. (7:10 p.m. Saturday)

-- The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has just been closed ahead of Hurricane Irma. (7 p.m. Saturday)

-- Charlotte County has enacted a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all of the county effective Saturday. Violation is a misdemeanor.  (6:58 p.m. Sat.)

-- Shelters full to capacity: Booker High, Venice Community Center, Brookside Middle and Southside Elementary in Sarasota Co. In Manatee Co.: Oneco Elementary, Braden River High & Middle, Manatee High, Kinnan Elementary. (6:30 p.m. Saturday)

-- -- Manatee County Emergency Management recommends finding shelter by 8pm and staying there. (6:00 p.m. Saturday)

-- Free rides: All SCAT fares have been suspended. (11 a.m. Sat.)

-- Emergency officials in Sarasota County have issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A.

-- A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Manatee County residents in Flood Zone A.