SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Update, Irma Passing Between Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos Winds Down to 175 m.p.h.

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Space Coast To Be Impacted Starting Saturday Evening

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily’s Alan Zlotorzynski is live with information and updates on Hurricane Irma. The NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center says east central Florida will be impacted starting Saturday night.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA –  The National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update shows the eye of extremely dangerous hurricane Irma moving between the north coast of Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos islands.

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Maximum sustained winds are near 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma remains a major category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with some fluctuations in intensity likely during the next day or two.

Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).

An unofficial observing site on Grand Turk recently reported a sustained wind of 54 mph (87 km/h) and a gust to 66 mph
(106 km/h). The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force plane was 922 mb (27.23 inches).

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A hurricane watch is in effect for much of Cuba. Irma is likely to bring dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall to portions of
these areas on Friday and Saturday.

The threat of dangerous major hurricane impacts in Florida continues to increase.

A hurricane watch has been issued for south Florida, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay. This watch will likely be expanded northward later today. Residents in these areas should heed any advice given by local officials.

A storm surge watch has also been issued for portions of south Florida and the Florida Keys. This means there is the possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 48 hours in these areas.

The Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map depicts a reasonable worst-case scenario -the amount of inundation that has a 10 percent chance of being exceeded. Because the Flooding Map is based on inputs that extend through 72 hours, it best represents the flooding potential in the watch area.