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Hurricane Irma – Day 10

Hurricane IrmaPosition: 22.1N 77.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 13 mph [20 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 160 mph [260 kph].
Wind Gusts: 190 mph [305 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 185 miles [295 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 924 mb.

Currently about 300 miles [ 485 km] South-Southeast of Miami, Florida.

At 10PM Irma is again a Category 5 storm.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Anclote River, Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and Matanzas, Central Bahamas, Ragged Island, and Northwestern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Holguin, Las Tunas, La Habana, and Ciudad de la Habana.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Anclote River, the Florida Keys, and Tampa Bay.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for North of the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Fernandina Beach, North and west of Anclote River to Indian Pass, and the Cuban provinces of Holguin and Las Tunas.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County line, and North of Anclote River to Suwannee River.

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

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]


1 Steve Bates { 09.08.17 at 7:41 am }

I saw Rick Scott announcing the mandatory evacuation. Insensitive asshole that he is, he was visibly frightened out of his wits. If Scott is afraid, the rest of us should promptly flee as fast as we can.

Bryan, keep safe and if possible get the hell outta Dodge. I know you know as much about these things as as anyone alive; just please don’t get distracted; focus until it’s behind you.

2 Bryan { 09.08.17 at 8:40 am }

It’s Mustang Bobby I’m worried about. The latest tracking is moving the track to the west of Miami, and the land is low and soggy so it won’t slow the storm down. Getting hit by the East side of the storm is the worst thing that could have happened. I think it is going through an eyewall replacement, which expands the storm and brings the top speed down, but before it hits South Florida it will pass over the Gulf Stream which has very warm, moist air to strengthen the storm.

Scott should be scared. He waited too long to start the evacuation and there isn’t enough gas. I’m hoping we are not going to have another Hurricane Rita situation. The storm surge from Irma could flood over the bottom third of the peninsula.

I’m too old to screw around with these things. If I thought it was getting close, I would be typing from a Ramada Inn in Huntsville, Alabama that allows pets.

3 Kryten42 { 09.08.17 at 8:55 am }

I agree with Steve! And your comments also Bryan. Stay smart & safe! What about the cat’s? I meant to ask the other day. 🙁

4 ellroon { 09.08.17 at 9:41 am }

Came on to join the chorus and tell you to be safe, with all kittens stuffed in suitcases if you must!

5 Bryan { 09.08.17 at 10:26 am }

Stuffing cats in suitcases would be a good deal more dangerous than a hurricane… 😉

You need to watch for fires which are a good deal closer to you than the hurricanes are to me.

6 Bryan { 09.08.17 at 11:53 am }

OK, FYI: If I evacuate, the cats come with me to a pet friendly motel that I stayed at for Opal. Mustang Bobby has evacuated. A good move, because even if his house survives, it will be days or weeks before there is power in Miami. In Ivan my power was restored by a crew from New Jersey. Covering Harvey and Irma is going to stretch resources.

Mexico has been helpful in the past, but they just got hit with a magnitude 8.1 earthquake while waiting for Katia to hit as a category 2 or higher hurricane on their Gulf Coast.

7 Anya { 09.08.17 at 6:58 pm }

It’s the Apocalypse… no zombies required.

I hope Rush Limbaugh figures out that Irma is not a Liberal conspiracy…. just about the time it flattens his home…

8 Bryan { 09.08.17 at 9:42 pm }

He can’t broadcast without power and even if he buys a generator, there won’t be gas to operate it. It is possible that his rapid exit had something to do with a legal problem and he is avoiding a subpoena or warrant. If his house or any of Trump’s properties gets flattened, there is no one available to fix them because of his & Trump’s persecution of the undocumented workers.

9 JuanitaM { 09.09.17 at 12:09 am }

Wow, just saw the weather where they are predicting Irma more to the west and closer your way. Last time I looked it was expected too far to the east to be much of an issue for you. Blink and everything changes! Stay high and dry.

And yeah, it is beginning to look apocalyptic out there, three major hurricanes and an 8.0.

Saw a cartoon where the Climate is watching tv and sees Trump say there is no climate change. Climate turns to his friend and says “Hold my beer.”

10 Kryten42 { 09.09.17 at 1:46 am }

Oh Juanita… I shouldn’t, but 😆 😆 Maybe that’s why the Caribbean is being flattened? All those tax havens… Wonder if all the ppl *invested* there will rush to help out? The ones that do will probably be the ones with a vested interest in getting them back on their feet pronto! And screw the USA’s problems @ the same time. *shrug*

11 Bryan { 09.09.17 at 4:38 pm }

The watches and warnings stop about 15 miles East of me at the Okaloosa/Walton county line, and that’s for a tropical storm. As of 4PM CDT Irma was 612 miles [985 km] southeast of me. The only 3-hour advisory I miss is the 1AM. I have a number of ‘newby’ residents of Florida who are panicking. If it looks bad the cats & I are gone.

12 JuanitaM { 09.09.17 at 6:52 pm }

I have friends in North Miami. Their last report was of roaring winds and blinking lights, but they were expecting another band of wind/rain. That was a few hours ago and haven’t had any reports since they said they were turning off all electronics.

Good to hear that it’s probably going to bypass you. If you had to leave, how many cats will be in tow? They’re probably going to love the disruption…not!

Yes, Kryten, it was a tacky joke, but it struck me as funny at the time.

13 Bryan { 09.09.17 at 7:08 pm }

I only have my two indoor cats, Property & Excise, less. The feral colony is gone after 20 years of “Trap, Neuter, Release”.Miami is getting the bad east side of the storm. The winds are higher and extend out further on the east side than the west. That’s a big reason I’m not worried. The nasty outer bands with embedded tornadoes are also on the east side.

I wish you friends well, but I wouldn’t have hung around were I down there.

That joke was too true 😉

14 JuanitaM { 09.09.17 at 9:47 pm }

You’re absolutely right, Bryan. I wouldn’t have stayed either, and this couple has a second home in Virginia, so bugging out would have been simple for them. But they are not on the beach itself, and I think they are far enough inland that storm surge isn’t going to be an issue. Still…why stay around? Board up and go to the other house for a couple weeks.

They did post a couple of hours ago that they had 2 tornado warnings in the intervening time, and they still had power as of time of posting, although a bunch of people in that area were out of power. She said she was really ready for the howling to end and be able to get a good night’s sleep.

15 Bryan { 09.09.17 at 10:32 pm }

They are out of luck on a speedy end, the beast is moving at 6mph. People don’t seem to understand that a 15 foot storm surge is going to flood the bottom third of the state. They are paving over things and the water can’t soak in like it does up here. They should have gone to the other house for a month. There isn’t a lot of redundancy in the Florida power grid, and there are crews dealing with Harvey, so this will be a mess.