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UPDATED: Hurricane Irma Targets Florida, Hurricane Jose "Extremely Dangerous"

by Rory Groves        September 8, 2017  |  2:26 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Shown Above: Satellite graphic of Hurricane Irma

Shown Above: Position and track of Hurricane Irma

As of the latest update, models are in agreement for Hurricane Irma to make a direct hit over mainland Florida, slightly west than previously predicted, and track northwestward through the center of the state. Hurricane Irma has weakened slightly to a Category 4 with maximum sustained winds at 155 MPH, only a few MPH shy of a Category 5 classification. The eye is expected to arrive in So. Florida overnight Saturday, but the effects will be felt long before that. 

Primary Impacts:

  • Storm Surge: 6-12 feet in Southwest FL and Florida Keys
  • Destructive Waves: 10-20 feet near the coasts 
  • Winds: 155 MPH peak winds, with hurricane force winds (> 74MPH) extending 70 miles outward from the center
  • Rainfall & Flooding: 10-15 inches of rainfall expected through Tuesday night in southern FL, with some areas reaching 20 inches. 8-16 inches expected northward into coastal Georgia.

Mandatory evacuations are now in place throughout the state of Florida, especially along coastal areas. "The effect of Irma on the state of Florida is going to be much greater than [Hurricane] Andrew's effect," said Weather Channel senior hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross. "We're dealing with an entirely different level of phenomenon. There is no storm to compare with this. Unless you go way back to 1926."

Hurricane Jose

Shown Above: Latest satellite and analysis graphic of Hurricane Jose

An update from the National Hurricane Center describes Jose as "an extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane". Hurricane Jose is currently following a similar track to Irma, but is still 500 miles east of Puerto Rico and expected to track north of Carribean islands and decrease in strength.

Residents of Florida please take every precaution. We will continue to issue additional updates if warranted. If you could benefit from combined storm analysis package that Weather Defender offers, please contact us today.


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