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Hurricane Irma – Day 7

Hurricane IrmaPosition: 17.4N 61.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 15 mph [24 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 185 mph [295 kph].
Wind Gusts: 200 mph [320 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 175 miles [280 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 50 miles [ 85 km].
Minimum central pressure: 916 mb.

Currently about 50 miles [ 80 km] East-Northeast of Antigua.

Irma became a Category 5 storm at 6:45AM CDT.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, Guadeloupe, and the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engano westward to the southern border with Haiti.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Southeastern Bahamas and Cuba from the provinces of Matanzas eastward to Guantanamo.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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1 hipparchia { 09.05.17 at 6:35 pm }

of course, we’re all hoping that that hard right turn really happens . . . . if not, we’re currently planning to hunker down if it comes this way. how about you?

2 Bryan { 09.05.17 at 7:36 pm }

I’m here, regardless. There’s no gas or water here, so leaving would be a bit difficult at the moment. It wants to go North and is skirting the bottom of a ridge. When it gets to the end of the ridge, it will go North. I’m not so sure about Jose. He is too far out..

3 Badtux { 09.06.17 at 8:04 pm }

No water? Don’t you have water flowing out of your faucets? I have the capacity to store about 20 gallons of water between two 2.5 gallon jugs, a 2 gallon jug, a 6 gallon jug, and some saved 1 gallon jugs. Plus I have a backpacking stove and plenty of freeze-dried and canned goods, and a Jeep. Gas is a bit tougher. I try to keep some gas in cans as well as stand-alone, but it’s a pain to change that out every so often….

4 Bryan { 09.06.17 at 8:36 pm }

I personally have plenty of drinking water because I use it in the Fridge to maintain temperature. The gas is a hassle because it has ethanol in it and doesn’t last very long. I can get out of Florida, but would be taking a gamble on finding gas in Alabama on my way to Huntsville. You need 4 times as much gas as normal if you don’t get ahead of the main evacuation. Food isn’t a problem, but it is just a general aggravation. Irma was destined for the Peninsula, and I’m hoping for a solid hit on Palm Beach because I’m not a nice person.

BTW, I have a real hard time dealing with San Francisco being 20 degrees hotter than Fort Walton in August. We haven’t had a 100 degree air temperature all summer and San Francisco hits 106°!