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ABPA Statement: Hurricane Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017  
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ABPA Statement: Hurricane Irma

Tim Brown, ABPA President
 

Sept. 11, 2017

 

As many Americans pause today to reflect on the most horrific terrorist attack against our nation that occurred sixteen years ago, residents and backflow professional colleagues in the Southeast United States are coping with the destruction of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall over the weekend. ABPA’s thoughts are with you, as well as with the communities in the Texas Gulf Coast that suffered from the severe flooding of Hurricane Harvey

 

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Irma will continue moving north over the western Florida peninsula through Monday morning and then into the southeastern United States late Monday and Tuesday. As of this morning, Irma has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves over Florida toward southern Georgia. NHC says it's expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

 

Early Saturday morning, Ken Goergen, President of the ABPA Florida Suncoast Chapter, stated, “We appreciate your prayers and thoughts. Looks like [Irma] will be fairly close to our city, but we're tough and resilient.”

 

News outlets report nearly 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to evacuate, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.  Massive power outages have been reported in both Florida and Georgia.

 

Orlando, Florida is the site of the 2018 ABPA Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will take place April 23-25.  ABPA supports our members and the communities impacted by this crisis. If you want to make a personal contribution, the American Red Cross makes it easy to donate online. 


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