Tropical Outlook: At 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Irma was about 405 miles Southeast of Miami. Irma is moving toward the West Northwest at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph. Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 Storm with a minimum central pressure of 927 mb. Irma is forecast to remain in a favorable warm water, light shear environment for the next 36-48 h.
The intensity guidance shows a slow weakening during this time, but Irma is expected to remain at least a Category 4 hurricane until landfall in Florida. After landfall, a fairly quick decay in maximum winds is expected due to land interaction and increased shear, although Irma’s large wind field is likely to still produce hurricane-force winds over a large area. There are two caveats to the intensity forecast. First, some additional weakening could occur during the eyewall replacement, followed by re-intensification as the cycle completes. Second, the ECMWF, UKMET, and NAVGEM forecast a track over or close to the coast of Cuba that is not currently a part of the track forecast. If this occurs, Irma could be weaker than currently forecast along the later parts of the track.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for southern Florida and the Florida Keys. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. A Storm Surge Watch has been issued north of the Storm Surge Warning area for portions of the central Florida coast.
 Duval County Public Schools is closing all schools and offices, and cancelling all after-school activities and Extended Day care on Friday, September 8 and Monday, September 11.
 The City of Jacksonville will close all offices Friday, September 8.
 All Courts will be closed all Friday, September 8, and Monday, September 11.
 The six Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police substations are closed. They are scheduled to resume business operations on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 if conditions permit.
 The public counter at the Police Memorial Building, 501 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, is closed and is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
 Inmate visitation has been cancelled at all Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office correctional facilities on Sunday, September 10, 2017 and Monday, September 11, 2017.
 JEA will remain open for business as usual, September 8, 2017.
 Huguenot and Hannah Park as well as Jacksonville Beach will close Saturday morning.
 All schools, colleges and universities throughout the entire State of Florida will be closed
September 8, 2017.
 All library locations and book drops are closed beginning Friday, Sept. 8 until Sunday, September 10. Customers will not be charged for items due while the library is closed.
 Business in Atlantic Beach plan to close Saturday and opening Monday.

Other Information:
 The Beaches will halt the sale of alcohol beginning Saturday night at 1800.
 Jacksonville Beach will institute a curfew Saturday Night from 1800 – 0600 the following morning.
 Citizens are encouraged to call 630-CITY (2489) for any issue reports or information requests.
 Citizens can check if their home is an evacuation zone at or on the JaxReady mobile app.
 Slowdowns on 1-95 Northbound have been observed periodically.
 I-75 experiencing significant delays West and Northbound due to accidents.
Open Shelters:
General Population
 Landmark Middle School: 101 Kernan Blvd. N (pets allowed)
 Twin Lakes Elementary: 8000 Point Meadows Dr.
 Chimney Lakes Elementary: 9353 Staples Mill Dr. (pets allowed)
 Mandarin Middle School: 5100 Hood Rd. (pets allowed)
 Oceanway Elementary: 1255 Gillespie Ave.
 Abess Park Elementary: 12731 Abess Blvd.
 Legends Center: 5130 Soutel Dr. (pets allowed)
 Andrew Robinson: 101 W. 12th St.
 Arlington Middle School: 8141 Lone Star Rd.
 City Rescue Mission’s New Life Inn: 1234 W. State St. (opens at 12 p.m. Friday)
Special Needs
 Legends Center: 5130 Soutel Dr. (pets allowed)
 Atlantic Coast High School: 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway (pets allowed)
 Oceanway Middle: 143 Oceanway Ave.
 Enterprise Elementary: 8085 Old Middleburg Rd.