Boil Water notice, warnings, watches issued as Irma moves in

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 2 storm with 110 mph winds and is causing numerous watches and warnings to be issued Sunday, including a Boil Water notice for a portion of the Grand Harbor community.

The current warnings and watches are as follows:

  • Hurricane Warning – until further notice
  • Storm Surge Warning – until further notice
  • Flood Watch – until Sept. 11, 8 p.m.
  • Tornado Watch – until Sept. 11, Midnight
  • Flood Warning – until Sept. 11, 5:45 a.m.
  • Flash Flood Warning – until Sept. 10, 10:15 p.m.
  • Boil Water Notice – issued for homes along St. Josephs Island Drive between 5010 and 5095 in Grand Harbor, located east of Indian River Boulevard, south of 53rd Street.

Earlier Sunday, Irma shifted between a Category 4 and Category 3 hurricane. The storm is losing strength as it passes over land.

A tornado warning was issued for Vero Beach and Fellsmere about 3 p.m. Sunday. Officials expect sustained tropical force winds as the day unfolds and are concerned about flooding.

Officials expect 45 to 60 mph winds with gusts of 75 mph mid-Sunday and Monday morning. The heaviest rain is expected east of the track.

There’s a potential for 3 feet of storm surge on the immediate coast. Since officials are expecting tropical force winds about noon, bridges to the barrier islands were closed at that time on Sunday.

Bridges will reopen when they are considered safe for travel, County Administrator Jason Brown said. Currently, more than 1,000 evacuees are at public shelters in Indian River County.

All intersections that lose power should be treated as a four-way stop, according to Sheriff’s Spokesman Eric Flowers.

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