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Hurricane Irma – Day 9

Hurricane IrmaPosition: 21.3N 72.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [290°] near 16 mph [26 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 165 mph [270 kph].
Wind Gusts: 200 mph [320 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 185 miles [295 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 75 miles [120 km].
Minimum central pressure: 920 mb ↑.

Currently about 55 miles [ 85 km] East-Southeast of Great Inagua Island.

Irma is probably having an eyewall replacement at 10PM CDT.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas, Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara, Central Bahamas, and Northwestern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, and Las Tunas.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach and the Florida Keys.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for North of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet, North of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and North of Bonita Beach to Venice.

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

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1 Steve Bates { 09.07.17 at 11:59 am }

The midday news here showed graphics and numbers on Irma that left me quaking in my boots for the wellbeing of all my Florida friends. And this less than two weeks after Harvey trashed such large parts of Houston that I have to refer to a construction map or a news broadcast before stepping out the door to make what was once an ordinary trek across town. Some columnist in The Guardian remarked that some meteorologists are speculating whether this is “the new normal” for weather and particularly storms. I can only hope Irma treats you all gently. (FWIW, Harvey trashed parts of Houston but left Our House utterly intact; both peeps and both kitties are just fine, as is the house.)

2 Bryan { 09.07.17 at 12:30 pm }

The Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands got leveled. The damn thing should be having an eyewall replacement and easing off the winds. At least it is going to hit with the East side of the storm. If it had come into the Gulf and gone up the West coast, the disaster would have been worse. The Atlantic Coast is going to drown from the storm surge. The High rises in Miami could see winds over 200 mph on the upper floors. People within 50 miles of the Atlantic Coast need to head North and then West. Dog knows how far inland the salt water is going to wash, but the coast is going to be brown for years as the salt kills plants.

Update: I hope you are buying lottery tickets with luck like that. I am really happy that you escaped the worse, but now you have the long road back to some variant of normal. GPS is going to be worthless until it gets updated from satellite photos.