SPACE COAST DAILY TV HURRICANE REPORT: Irma’s Projected Track Shifts Slightly West, Will Impact Brevard Sunday Morning
By Space Coast Daily // September 8, 2017
BREVARD REMAINS UNDER HURRICANE WATCH
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Join Alan Zlotorzynski for the Friday 8 p.m. Space Coast Daily Hurricane Irma update.
CURRENTLY IRMA’S SOUTHWESTERN EYEWALL MOVING OVER THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – According to the National Hurricane Center 8 p.m. ET update, Hurricane Irma’s projected track shifted slightly west and remains a powerful storm that is expected to impact Bevard County starting Sunday morning with tropical storm-force winds that will strengthen throughout the day and into Monday as the storm approaches.
Brevard County is currently under a Hurricane Watch as Irma is centered about 315 miles southeast of Miami.
Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph , and a turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas tonight and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the South Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Some fluctuations in intensity are likely to continue 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.
Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the minimum central pressure is 924 mb (27.29 inches).
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Venice and the Florida Keys.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County line and north of Venice to Anclote River, including 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 Keys…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…3 to 6 ft
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Anna Maria Island, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, the Northwestern and Central Bahamas, Ragged Island, and the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for north of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County Line and north of Anna Maria Island to the Suwannee River, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas.
The next complete advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 11 p.m. EDT