VIDEO HURRICANE TRACKER: Irma Clocks In With 180 MPH Winds, Labeled An ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Category 5
By Zach Clark // September 5, 2017
turn toward the west-northwest is expected for tonight, says NHC
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.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The latest 11 a.m. report from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Irma at 180 mph max sustained winds and labeled an extreme dangerous Category 5 hurricane.
The system continues to move to the west at 14 mph.
A turn toward the west-northwest is expected for tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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