September 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm 500 miles southeast of Miami; hurricane warnings issued in FloridaFrom the Weather ChannelStory HighlightsHurricane Irma is now hammering parts of the Bahamas and Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane.Hurricane watches and warnings have been issued for parts of Florida.Hurricane warnings have also been issued for portions of the Bahamas and Cuba.Irma will likely make a direct hit on South Florida this weekend as at least a Category 4 hurricane.Parts of Georgia and the Carolinas could then be struck by Irma early next week. Mama Mia Please enter your name here Reply It will be here in 48 hours according to Danny Treanor, the weatherman…….. September 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm Projected PathThe red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding) with any tropical cyclone may spread beyond its forecast path. 12 COMMENTS September 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm September 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Bummer, I should be eating bar-b-q and enjoying a movie at NW Rec Way, but instead I am worrying about EVERYTHING! September 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm TAGSHurricane IrmaThe Weather Channel Previous articleLakeland out-duels Blue Darters 42-35Next articleCity facilities closing at 2 PM today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Rainfall ForecastLocalized higher amounts are possible. Watches and WarningsA watch means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours. September 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply (MORE: Irma’s Notable Extremes)Hurricane warnings have been issued for Florida’s Jupiter Inlet southward around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara.A hurricane watch is also in effect for portions of Florida, from north of the Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet, as well as north of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island, along with the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas.A storm surge warning has also been issued from the Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach and the Florida Keys. A storm surge watch is in effect from north of the Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and from north of Bonita Beach to Venice. Mama Mia Mama Mia Current Storm StatusThe highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone. I have been watching The Florida Channel WUCFO with Adam Putnam, the Ag Commissoner of Fl…..he says we don’t have any shortages of fuel, bottled water, Cheetos, etc., that maybe there is a distribution problem, but no real shortages, and that we are a well supplied country. Thank God, I am so darn happy to hear Mr. Putnam say there is no shortage of Cheetos…..hip hip hooray!!! There is a ray of sunshine in this dark cloud to come! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, is now hammering parts of the Bahamas and Cuba, and will turn its fury on Florida in what is likely to be the state’s strongest hurricane strike since Charley 13 years ago.(MORE: Hurricane Central | Impacts In Caribbean)Below is everything we know about Irma right now, including its latest status, along with potential forecast impacts in the U.S. and the Caribbean Islands.Irma’s Latest Status, TimingThe center of Irma is located about 55 miles northwest of Great Inagua Island, or just under 500 miles southeast of Miami, and is moving west-northwestward at about 16 mph.Irma’s maximum sustained winds have dipped a tad to 155 mph, still a formidably strong Category 4 hurricane, based on data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicating the hurricane is currently in an eyewall replacement cycle, during which a new outer eyewall replaces the old inner eyewall. Reply Reply TMZ’s Harry Levin was talking about Richard Branson and of his surviving Hurricane Irma on his private island oasis in the Caribbean. He was talking about Branson, and I think it was him he was talking about, that Branson had a huge flock of beautiful pink flamingos there on his island, and Levin just shook his head like the fate of the flamingos were unknown after the hurricane, because there was no where to herd the birds into a barn, or anywhere to put them in a safe place. This makes me wonder if they flew off. I don’t know if flamingos can fly or not? This also makes me wonder where our sand cranes will go. I suppose they can fly way away. I know the rare whooping cranes can fly long distances way up there in the sky, so I guess the sand cranes and flamingos can too??? Shocking news!……Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry has died in a helicopter crash. This was reported around 1:00 pm today. There were two people on board the helicopter. The pilot died also. This crash happened before a scheduled concert at the Flying W Airport and Resort in NJ. He was 50 years old. I was still mad at him for shooting an old tame bear in an enclosed fenced area, but I did not want this to happen to him! They came and performed at the Zellwood Corn Festival one year and they autographed my chair I had at the festival. RIP….you never know……I always liked their music, especially “Hillbilly Shoes”……saw this on USA Today. FAA investigating the cause……. Reply Please enter your comment! Reply Depending on the exact track of Irma, locations in the hurricane warning in southern Florida could see devastating to catastrophic impacts, including structural damage and widespread power and communication outages from high winds. The National Weather Service said that areas in the hurricane warning could be uninhabitable for weeks or months.After that, Irma’s center is increasingly expected to track up the Florida peninsula Sunday into Monday, then into Georgia Monday night into Tuesday.Irma’s wind field is large. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.Therefore, dangerous surf and coastal flooding will likely exist throughout the southeastern U.S. coastline even well away from Irma’s center this weekend into early next week. The magnitude of any storm-surge inundation along the rest of the Southeast coast will depend on the exact track of Irma.Significant inland wind damage and rainfall flooding could occur in parts of central and north Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, as well.All residents in the Florida Peninsula, Georgia and the Carolinas should monitor the progress of Irma closely.For more detailed information on possible impacts in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, click here.Forecast: Hispañiola, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, BahamasIrma’s center will likely track between the Bahamas and Cuba through Saturday, likely maintaining at least Category 4 intensity. This thing is coming right in at us, here in Apopka…..OMG! Buddy Dyer said it is coming in just a little west of Orlando. This is not good Apopka! We are going to be soooo screwed! This is going to be a nightmare and I fear for the worst! But we are here, and I guess here is where we will stay, throughout this ordeal. It looks so huge on the map, OMG. It is going to hit no matter where you are in Florida, says the weatherman on channel 6, and he said don’t concentrate just on the eye of the storm. My big tree scares me, and I pray it doesn’t fall on our home, because that is one big tree and so heavy. God help us all when this thing gets here and starts blowing its forces! It is going to be really frightening during the nighttime, more so than daylight hours. The Anatomy of Fear It is so sad that a big Bengal Tiger that was being evacuated to another animal facility due to the hurricane from Florida, and that was being transported to another animal sanctuary along with other big animals, somehow got loose from the truck it was being transported in, and ran along the highway, and got into a lady’s yard and attacked her little dog and she called the police, and they came and shot the big Bengal Tiger dead. It had been in Ringling Brothers Circus and then at a animal sanctuary. A big beautiful female tiger. Someone dropped the ball on this tragic event!!! September 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply Hurricane-Force Wind ProbabilitiesThe shaded colors represent the probability of any one location experiencing hurricane-force winds from Irma in the next five days. Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm Yeah, and Crazy Kim Jong Un might send another missile up Saturday. That is all we need. I see the COA has taken the 9-11 Memorial metal sheet down from the front lawn of City Hall. I get it, I understand completely, they didn’t want the metal sheet to get all bent to hell in the hurricane….LOL (pssssss, shhhhh……they could of just left it, as no one would have ever known if it got bent up in the high winds) quiet now……our little secret! Forecast Storm-Surge Flooding U.S. Forecast: Destructive Impacts Possible in Florida, Georgia and the CarolinasAccording to the latest National Hurricane Center’s forecast, the center of Irma will be very close to South Florida by early Sunday morning, with conditions going downhill already during the day on Saturday.(LATEST NEWS: 650,000 Ordered to Flee Miami-Dade in County’s Largest Evacuation Ever)The following life-threatening water-level rises (storm surge) are possible in South Florida Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center, if they occur at high tide:Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys: 5 to 10 feetJupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet: 3 to 6 feetBonita Beach to Venice: 3 to 5 feetIf you are told to evacuate a coastal location, please do so as instructed. September 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm $2.92 a case for bottled water at Home Depot, and that is the price freeze price that Ms. Pam Bondi, the AG of Florida, has announced on tv on WUCFO (if they have it) American Airlines has capped all flights from 5 Florida airports at $99 dollars a ticket one way, and waivered pet flight fees…..Delta has capped flights from Florida, Ga. and SC to other parts of the country for $399 dollars and waivered pet fees. If they try to charge more, report it to Ms. Bondi’s hot line, as she said she works directly with those airlines. Honestly, if I didn’t have pets, I would have left and gone somewhere. Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Reply Reiterating the timing of the closest approach of the center we mentioned earlier:Turks and Caicos: Conditions slowly improving FridayBahamas: Friday-this weekend arriving from east to west; hurricane-force winds should spread into the northwest Bahamas by Saturday; slow improvement in the southeast Bahamas by SaturdayCuba: Now through Saturday; conditions improving SundayMost at risk of the worst impacts near the center are the north coast of Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas.Life-threatening storm surge has arrived in the southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, with some areas in this archipelago possibly receiving an inundation of 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels. This surge will be accompanied by destructive waves. Up to 20 inches of rain is possible in parts of the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida. Here are the latest rainfall forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and Weather Prediction Center:Southern Bahamas, northern Cuba, upper Florida Keys, southeast Florida: 10 to 15 inches, locally up to 20 inchesEastern Florida into coastal Georgia: 8 to 12 inches, locally up to 16 inchesSouthern Cuba: 4 to 8 inches, locally up to 12 inchesTurks and Caicos: additional 3 to 6 inches possibleWestern Florida Peninsula into much of Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina: 3 to 6 inchesLower Florida Keys: 3 to 5 inchesNorthern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti: additional 2 to 4 inchesSouthern Dominican Republic and southern Haiti: additional 1 to 2 inches(MORE: Beware ‘I’ Hurricanes)Check back with weather.com for updates on Irma through the weekend for the very latest. We will be updating our coverage of Irma frequently based on the latest forecast guidance for its future track and intensity.Recap: Leeward Islands BatteredThe Leeward Islands were pounded by Irma late Tuesday into Wednesday.Irma’s 185-mph winds made it the strongest hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands region, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University. That beat out the Okeechobee Hurricane (1928) and David (1979), which both had 160-mph winds at their peak in the Leeward Islands.Irma first passed over Barbuda, an island of 1,600 residents, with gusts of at least 155 mph overnight into Wednesday morning. A storm surge of about eight feet was also recorded.Early Wednesday morning, the eye of Irma then moved over St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and near Anguilla, where sustained winds of 117 mph were measured.(LATEST NEWS: Irma Slams Northeastern Caribbean)Hurricane-force winds and heavy rain were reported in the Virgin Islands. A wind gust of 131 mph was reported at Buck Island, and a gust of 87 mph was measured on St. Thomas Wednesday, Sept. 6.In addition, a 111-mph gust was reported on Culebra. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I got to go fix us some supper and use up some meat that may not keep once the power goes out. Trying to use up the perishables, and keep the canned stuff for the storm. Reply Reply Mama Mia Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and increasing oceanic heat content favor that Irma will remain a powerful hurricane (Category 4 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely at times. At this intensity, small deviations in wind speed will not significantly change impacts. A direct hit will be devastating.For the next couple of days, Irma will move west-northwest on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.(INTERACTIVE MAP: Track Irma)This weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip in the jet stream that has set up in the eastern United States. The location of that northward turn will dictate where the most severe impacts from Irma occur in Florida and the southeastern United States.It is now likely South Florida will see severe hurricane conditions starting this weekend. Major impacts could then spread through the rest of the Florida Peninsula, Georgia and the Carolinas.Here’s a general overview of the timing for impacts from Irma into next week.Potential Impact TimingTurks and Caicos: Conditions slowly improving FridayBahamas: Friday-this weekend arriving from east to west; hurricane-force winds should spread into the northwest Bahamas by Saturday; slow improvement in the southeast Bahamas by SaturdayCuba: Now through Saturday; conditions improving SundayFlorida: Saturday-Sunday, lingering into early Monday in north Florida; hurricane-force winds may arrive in South Florida and the Florida Keys by Saturday nightGeorgia-Carolinas: Late Sunday-Monday September 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm Trying to decide which way to park our truck in the drive….will the big tree in the back hit the house and carport area or will the tall palm in the front yard fall and hit the truck in the driveway. Do we back it in under the carport or pull it straight in? Decisions, decisions…..one year our neighbors had a telephone pole fall across the back bed of their pickup truck sitting in their driveway. They couldn’t move their truck until the power company came and moved the telephone pole. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
NewsLocal NewsLimerick’s Ava in tune for YADA songwriting awardBy Liam Togher – November 13, 2014 803 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleLimerick man reaches ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ National FinalNext articleRathkeale gets green light for EU funding Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. TAGS1964Ava BarettawardGaelcholaiste LuimnighmusicsongwritingYADAYoung Artist Development Awards Limerick Post Show | Dora Gola Limerick Post Show | Into The Stream | Emma Langford Email Limerick Post Show | Raging Sons release Someone Else’s Love A LIMERICK student took home a coveted songwriting award at the Young Artist Development Awards (YADA) at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.Sixteen year-old Ava Barett who attends Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, won the award and a €25,000 prize for her song ‘1964’, which will now be recorded as a single in a professional recording studio.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ava, who has been writing songs since she was “able to speak”, was overwhelmed to have won the prize and she is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to practice her childhood passion on a grander scale.She said: “It means so much to me because it means that I can show what I have been doing and show my passion to the people of Ireland. That means a huge amount to me.“I play once a year usually in my school’s talent show and that’s just for the craic. It’s not to win. It’s always been to show my thoughts on the world.“I’m not trying to be famous. I’m just trying to show my view of the world. The writing of the lyrics is probably the most important part for me but forming it is the next most important thing.”Ava’s gift for songwriting was borne out of singing stories to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in her infant years, although she admitted that when she began writing songs, she did not intend to be the person performing them.That changed when she was in fifth class in primary school, when she was inspired by a friend who “had the best voice that I had ever heard” to learn guitar and, subsequently, add chords to the lyrics she had written.Ava explained that she has gone on to learn several other instruments, saying: “I took up banjolele and ukulele and I started playing with different instruments that are quite small.“I like to have small instruments to make different sounds that I might not have heard before. My mother calls my music ‘toytown pop’ because I use toybox toys to make music.”The YADAs are a creative and educational initiative run by the Young Artists Association of Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation established to provide an industry-safe environment for aspiring young artists.The awards were hosted by RTÉ presenters Stephen Byrne and Diana Bunici, with the judging panel including music producer Ray Traynor, singer/songwriter Oisin Kavanagh and songwriter Don Mescall. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Post Show | Niamh talks Limerick Limerick Post Show | Defying Gravity – A Musical Celebration of Women
Jury service creates unexpected problems for employers. But sometimes, an employee can ask to be excused – or to have their selection deferred.Our new Deferral of Jury Service letter helps you support such an application. So how does it work?Required for jury serviceUnder the Juries Act 1974 an individual who is a. aged 18-70 years old, b. registered on the electoral register, and c. a resident of the UK (for five consecutive years) can be called for jury service. Some people are disqualified – for example, those on bail awaiting criminal proceedings and individuals with certain mental disorders.Jurors’ names are randomly selected by the Jury Central Summoning Bureau and those chosen are normally required to serve for a minimum of 10 working days – although in much more complicated trials the time will be longer. Usually, six to eight weeks’ notice is given.If one of your employees is picked, they can apply to be ‘excused’, or to have their service ‘deferred’ to a later date. This is on the grounds that their absence from work would be likely to cause “substantial harm” to your business – provided it would. Note: you cannot make the application on your employee’s behalf, but you can – and should – submit evidence in support of it.New documentTo help you support an employee’s application, we have created a new ‘Deferral of Jury Service’ letter. It should be sent at the same time as their own request. We have provided some time-suggested reasons, but you can add other information about your business to help strengthen your employee’s request.Jury service can only be deferred once and for a maximum of 12 months. And your employee will need to provide details of all other dates in the forthcoming year when they will not be available.They will only be excused if:1. they cannot serve at any time during the next year, or2. they have already undertaken jury service within the previous two years.Being excused is generally only considered in exceptional circumstances and, if your employee requests one, because of work commitments; it is likely they will be offered deferral in the first instance. You should, therefore, have contingency plans in place in case it goes ahead.If an employee’s application is rejected, you should release them from work in accordance with the court summons. While there is no specific statutory duty that requires you to grant them time off work for this purpose, a refusal to do so would be a contempt of court.While you would be unlikely to decline, tribunals take a dim view of employers who subject their staff to any detriment – for example, a dismissal or demotion – because they have been summoned for jury service.l For a free copy of our new Deferral of Jury Service letter, please contact the NAMB on 01920 468061.