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Hurricane Irma – Day 11

Hurricane IrmaPosition: 23.5N 81.0W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph [195 kph].
Wind Gusts: 160 mph [255 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles [335 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 933 mb ↑.

Currently about 90 miles [ 145 km] Southeast of Key West, Florida and about 30 miles [ 50 km] North-Northeast of Varadero, Cuba.

Interaction with Cuba is weakening Irma somewhat, but it is expected to re-intensify. At 4PM CDT the pressure is dropping indicating intensification.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian Pass; Florida Keys; Lake Okeechobee; Florida Bay; the Cuban provinces of Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Matanzas, & Havana; Andros Island, Bimini, and Grand Bahama.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for West of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line and North of Fernandina Beach to South Santee River.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet; North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to the
Ochlockonee River; the Florida Keys; and Tampa Bay.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of the Suwanee River to Ochlockonee 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 Badtux { 09.09.17 at 10:43 pm }

This is one weird storm. Looks like it might be making a beeline towards you. Eep!

2 Bryan { 09.10.17 at 4:18 am }

As long as it stays to the East I don’t how close it gets. There has been a high pressure ridge to the North and the storm has been bouncing along the bottom trying to head north, The ridge hasn’t been cooperating with forecasters, which is why they have been adjusting the track.

3 Kryten42 { 09.10.17 at 4:51 am }

No need to be concerned about commenting. You have enough to deal with m8.

Irma’s looking pretty bad & massive evac’s have been ordered (as I’m sure you know!)

Here’s the latest report here:
Hurricane Irma: Six million Americans hit the road as storm bears down

“Tracking models, which initially indicated the monster winds would hit Florida’s east coast, are now suggesting Irma will scour the western side of the Florida peninsula and head up the coast, bringing storm surges up to 4.6 meters and flooding in some areas.”

Looks like it’ll do a lot of damage. I hope people will be smart & safe! So far, it seems so. If Florida does take a big hit, I hope Mar-A-Lago is shredded! A small bit of justice. *sigh*

Be safe man!!

4 Bryan { 09.10.17 at 10:09 am }

The are already 90+mph wind gusts in Miami. This is the worst track for the Florida Peninsula as the storm is hugging the West Coast and has the size to pull in moisture from both the Gulf and the Atlantic. By going North it extends the period of hell.

Because the storm is East of me and the wind are counterclockwise they will be slowing by friction with land, rather than being at peak power coming off the Gulf when a storm is West of me.

Oh, I was annoyed because I lost a comment by not paying attention.