8 A.M. NHC UPDATE: Predicts Irma Landfall In South Florida, Tracking To Come Up Center of State
By Space Coast Daily // September 8, 2017
Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Issued For South Florida and The Florida Keys
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – Hurricane Irma is centered as of 8 a.m. EDT about 80 miles northeast of Locrecia, Cuba, and about 450 milessoutheast of Miami. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph, and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or so with a decrease in forward speed.
A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). The latest minimum central pressure reported by a reconnaissance plane was 927 mb (27.37 inches).
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach and the Florida Keys. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for North of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and for north of Bonita Beach to Venice.
The water is expected to reach the following HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
• Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach, including Florida Keys…5 to 10 ft
• Bonita Beach to Venice…3 to 5 ft
• Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet…3 to 6 ft
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara, and the Central Bahamas and Northwestern Bahamas.
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for North of Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet, north of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island, and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas.
For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office – www.weather.gov. For storm information specific to your area outside the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
The next complete advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 11 a.m. EDT