ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Hurricane Irma is ramping up as the storm heads towards Florida. Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday.
Mandatory evacuations are underway in more than a dozen Florida counties as Irma draws nears.
Majority of Central Florida counties are under a hurricane watch or a hurricane warning.
A hurricane watch is an announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area. Watches are issued 48-hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. During a watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a hurricane warning is issued.
A hurricane warning is an announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area. Warnings are issued 36-hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. During a warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by location officials.
Counties under a hurricane watch:
Counties under a hurricane warning:
Alachua, Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia
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