Brevard County Now Under Hurricane Warning, Irma’s Impact On Space Coast Expected Sunday Night
By Space Coast Daily // September 9, 2017
Storm Surge Warning also in effect FOR BREVARD
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IRMA CURRENTLY MAKING LANDFALL ON THE CAMAGUEY ARCHIPELAGO OF CUBA AS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – Brevard County is now under a Hurricane Warning as Irma’s projected track again shifted slightly west and is expected to impact the Space Coast starting Sunday morning with tropical storm-force winds that will strengthen throughout the day and into Monday.
Hurricane Irma is centered at 11 p.m. EDT about 300 miles south-southeast of Miami, moving toward the west near 13 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.
On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the north coast of Cuba through Saturday, near the Florida Keys Sunday morning, and then near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph with higher gusts. Irma is once again a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles. The estimated minimum central pressure is 924 mb (27.29 inches).
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Anclote River, including the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. The water is expected to reach the following HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
• SW Florida from Captiva to Cape Sable…8 to 12 ft
• Cape Sable to Boca Raton including the Florida Key…5 to 10 ft
• Venice to Captiva…5 to 8 ft
• Anclote River to Venice including Tampa Bay…3 to 5 ft
• Boca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County line…2 to 4 ft
• Anclote River to Suwannee River…3 to 6 ft
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Anclote River, including the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus,Villa Clara, and Matanzas, the Central Bahamas and Ragged Island, and the Northwestern Bahamas.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect from north of the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Fernandina Beach and north and west of Anclote River to Indian Pass, and for the Cuban provinces of Holguin and Las Tunas.
The next complete advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m. EDT with an intermediate advisory at 2 a.m. EDT.