HURRICANE TRACKER: Irma Begins Move Off of Cuba Coast, Makes Way For Florida Keys
By Space Coast Daily // September 9, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: NHC 5 P.M. UPDATE: Irma Pounds Cuba, Sets Sights On South Florida and Keys. Tracking as CAT 3 over Tampa Monday morning.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update shows Hurricane Irma with 125 mph max sustained winds and moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph.
Irma is labeled a Category 3 Hurricane.
The Storm Surge Warning has been extended from the Volusia/Brevard County Line northward to the South Santee River.
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.
Life-threatening and historic storm surge is possible in parts of South Florida, according to the National Weather Service.
A northwest motion is expected to begin tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday.
On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near the north coast of Cuba during the next few hours, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning.
Irma is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba and remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.
A few tornadoes are possible this evening and tonight over south Florida, expanding northward into central Florida on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
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