HURRICANE TRACKER: Irma – Second Strongest Hurricane Recorded In Atlantic History With 185 MPH Winds

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The latest 2 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center shows Category 5 Hurricane Irma at 185 mph max sustained winds. (NHC Image)

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The latest 2 p.m. report from the National Hurricane Center shows Category 5 Hurricane Irma at 185 mph max sustained winds.

Irma is moving to the west at 14 mph.

Gusts up to 218 mph have been reported in the storm, according to the 2 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

A turn toward the west-northwest is expected for tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Irma is increasingly likely to target parts of the Florida peninsula as a dangerous hurricane this weekend, according to The Weather Channel.

NHC says the hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

SPACE COAST DAILY BREAKING NEWS: Space Coast Daily begins live updates as powerful Category 5 Hurricane Irma approaches Florida – 11 a.m. National Hurricane Center update.

Hurricane warnings have been initiated for Antigua, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Culebra, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Saint Barthelemy and U.S. Virgin Islands

Hurricane watches have also been initiated for Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with
Haiti.

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A Hurricane Warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

The government of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas, including the
Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands.

STORM SURGE

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will cause water levels to rise by as much as 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels along the coasts of the extreme northern Leeward Islands within the hurricane warning area near and to the north of the center of Irma.

Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

NHC says the combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water is expected to reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the
time of high tide.

British and U.S. Virgin Islands except St. Croix…7 to 11 ft
Northern coast of Puerto Rico…3 to 5 ft
Southern coast of Puerto Rico and St. Croix…1 to 2 ft

RAINFALL

Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches across the northern Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

HURRICANE CATEGORIES

ABOVE VIDEO: During a hurricane you usually hear meteorologists refer to its intensity by categories. If you don’t know the difference between a category 1 and a category 5 hurricane, The Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Elliot breaks it down for you. (The Weather Channel Video)

HURRICANE PREPARATION

ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily Special Weather Correspondent Danny Treanor offers his expert tips about surviving the upcoming hurricane season on the Space Coast. Treanor has been Central Florida’s premier weatherman for five decades. Part two below.

ABOVE VIDEO: Surviving hurricane season on the Space Coast part 2.

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