HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE 9/07/2017 – FLORIDA LANDFALL – STORM SURGE WARNING





Hurricane Irma, the massive, record-setting Category 5 hurricane, continues to track toward South Florida, where it could deliver a devastating blow. Before it hits Florida, it may well leave behind catastrophic damage in the Turks and Caicos and parts of the Bahamas. By early next week, South Carolina could well be in the storm’s cross-hairs.
Meanwhile, two other hurricanes were intensifying in the eastern Atlantic and southwest Gulf of Mexico — Jose and Katia. On Saturday, Jose could hit some of the same small islands in the northern Lesser Antilles decimated by Irma, including Antigua and Barbuda.

[Tropical triple threat: Hurricanes Jose and Katia could join Irma striking land this weekend]

But Irma is the most pressing concern. As the storm charged ever closer to the U.S. mainland, the National Hurricane Center issued hurricane watches Thursday morning for the Florida peninsula from Jupiter Inlet southward and around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys.
A storm-surge watch was issued for the same area of Florida because of the potential for water to rise well above normally dry land at the coast as the storm approaches.

“The threat of dangerous major hurricane impacts in Florida continues to increase,” the Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.

Closer to the storm’s immediate location, hurricane warnings were in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the storm chugging along at 16 mph toward the west-northwest between the north coast of the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos, positioned about 70 miles southeast of Grand Turk. The Hurricane Center reported a weather station on Grand Turk reported a wind gust of 66 mph Thursday afternoon with the storm center still more than 70 miles away.

The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 mph, has maintained Category-5 winds (157 mph+) for two days now. As it remains clear of large land masses, which would disrupt the storm, and passes over some of the warmest water in the world (nearly 90 degrees), significant weakening is unlikely. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Irma will remain a powerful Category 4 or 5 hurricane as it approaches Florida.

This historically extreme hurricane, which maintained winds of 185 mph longer than any storm ever recorded, will produce the full gamut of hurricane hazards across the Bahamas and potentially South Florida, including a devastating storm surge, destructive winds and dangerous flash flooding.

The Hurricane Center is urging residents of Florida to rush preparations to completion.

Hurricane Irma tears through Caribbean: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/07/americas/gallery/hurricane-irma-caribbean/index.html

Hurricane Irma Aims At Bahamas With 175-MPH Winds; Risk Rises For Florida: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/07/549121378/hurricane-irma-blasts-past-puerto-rico-with-180-mph-winds-risk-rises-for-florida

Miami-Dade expands Irma evacuation orders: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article171780902.html

Category 5 Irma stays on perilous path toward Florida; hurricane watch issued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/09/07/category-5-irma-stays-on-perilous-path-toward-florida-hurricane-watch-issued/?utm_term=.343b366d70dc

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15 thoughts on “HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE 9/07/2017 – FLORIDA LANDFALL – STORM SURGE WARNING

  1. Bahamas are screwed for sure 😕
    Florida Miami looks to be in big trouble 😕
    The whole south east coast is gonna cop it 😕

    My heart goes out to our US allies, be safe our friends. Please be safe.

    Praying for you guys from down under Australia 🇦🇺

  2. Very sad, hope people stay safe. Frustrating that it appears people don't really understand what's causing this which will inevitably put people at an unnecessary risk – some people that is.

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