(This post will be updated via Sunday, each hour or so. It was final updated during 6:15 p.m. to simulate a latest National Hurricane Center advisory and stream conditions in South Florida.)
Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma initial crashed into a Florida Keys on Sunday morning and afterwards done a second landfall on Marco Island on Florida’s west seashore Sunday afternoon, unleashing aroused breeze gusts and storm-surge flooding. As a infamous charge scoots adult Florida’s west seashore into this evening, forecasters fear that this charge will go down as one of a misfortune in a state’s history.
At 6 p.m., a charge was centered 20 miles south-southeast of Fort Myers, where breeze gusts of around 100 mph were probable over a subsequent hour. The charge core was headed north during 14 mph toward Sarasota and Tampa, where winds of 75 to 100 mph were approaching to arrive after tonight.
As a storm’s eyewall, a territory of a many aroused winds, upheld by Naples, the winds gusted to 142 mph usually after 4:30 p.m. Then, in a following 90 minutes, a H2O levels rose seven feet due to a charge surge.
Irma’s arise winds of 110 mph, with aloft gusts, had forsaken 20 mph from a morning, classifying it as a clever Category 2 whirly (down from a Category 4). Even with delayed weakening approaching to continue as a charge interacts with land, Irma remains really critical and life-threatening.
Coastal waters could arise 10 to 15 feet above routinely dry land, inundating homes, businesses and roads, an “imminent danger,” according to a National Hurricane Center.
“The Keys by Tampa will approaching knowledge a misfortune charge swell eventuality that area has seen in generations,” pronounced Bill Read, a former Hurricane Center director.
When Irma crashed into a Keys early Sunday as a Category 4, following Hurricane Harvey’s attack in Texas, it noted the initial time on record that dual Category 4 storms had done landfall in a United States in a same year.
Because of a storm’s magnitude, a whole state of Florida is being exceedingly influenced by deleterious winds and torrential rains. Tropical charge and whirly conditions were also approaching to widespread into a Florida Panhandle, eastern Alabama, many of Georgia and southern South Carolina by Monday.
Josh Morgerman, a whirly chaser positioned in Naples, described a scene: “Went thru violent, mortal winds. Screaming, whiteout, disadvantage floating by in fog.” Then a ease eye changed overhead.
The Weather Service also released a peep swamp puncture for segment from Marco Island to Naples by 6 p.m. due to a approaching remarkable conflict of charge swell flooding.
Before a attainment of a charge center, H2O was indeed retreating from Naples to Tampa due to offshore winds from a east pulling a sea back. But forecasters warned residents that about dual to 3 hours after a storm’s core upheld to a north and winds blew behind onshore, waters would rush behind in fast causing serious inundation.
In Southeast Florida, turn bands continued to unleash tropical-storm-force winds. Sustained winds in Miami and Fort Lauderdale reached 50-60 mph by a early afternoon, gusting as high as 80 to 100 mph. Miami International Airport clocked a breeze to 94 mph and an removed breeze strike 100 mph during a University of Miami.
Even into a early evening, winds were gusting adult to 75 mph around Miami.
Over 2.5 million customers were though power, mostly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Early in a afternoon, a seas had risen several feet above routinely dry land. Social media photos and videos showed H2O pouring by Miami’s streets, in between high-rises, amid laterally sheets of rains.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 10, 2017
Late Sunday afternoon, waters were finally starting to solemnly incline around Miami.
As a storm’s turn bands walloped South and Central Florida, a power for tornadoes arose in a swirling air, and a Weather Service released watches and warnings.
While a core of a charge and misfortune winds had upheld a Keys, a Weather Service warned storm swell flooding was ongoing as winds on a storm’s backside shoved H2O over a islands. Gusts still reached 50 to 70 mph by 5 p.m.
Warnings in outcome and approaching swell tallness and winds
Hurricane warnings cover all of Florida solely a western Panhandle, where a pleasant charge warning was in effect.
A storm-surge warning was also released for many of a Florida Peninsula (except for a tiny territory from North Miami Beach to Jupiter Inlet), and even extended adult a Georgia seashore into southern South Carolina. The Hurricane Center pronounced that this would pierce a risk of “dangerous” and “life-threatening” overflow and that a jeopardy was top along Florida’s southwest seashore and in a Florida Keys, where it pronounced a swell is approaching to be “catastrophic.”
“In SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — a NAPLES-FT. MYERS-CAPE CORAL area, a power exists for a misfortune whirly in history,” Norcross said.
Because of a change in a many approaching charge lane to a west, Miami and Southeast Florida were many approaching to skip a storm’s greatly mortal core, famous as a eyewall, where winds are strongest. Even so, given of Irma’s huge size, a whole Florida Peninsula and even a Panhandle were approaching to declare deleterious winds. The National Hurricane Center warned that a charge would pierce “life-threatening breeze impacts to many of a state.”
Effects on Florida
Conditions will continue to mellow Sunday over Florida from south to north as Irma chugs adult a coast.
The charge will pierce adult a west seashore on Sunday afternoon and evening, walloping Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Tampa.
Here’s a beam to what is many approaching and where …
Key West/Key Largo
Time support for misfortune conditions: Through Sunday afternoon.
Hazard threats: Wind, charge swell and rain.
Wind gusts of adult to 50 to 70 mph should continue into a evening.
A catastrophic charge swell of 5 to 10 feet or some-more is approaching to swamp many of a island chain. Heavy sleet will supplement to a H2O issues, as anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of additional sleet will tumble before a misfortune of a charge is over. Unfortunately, a repairs power on a Keys could be landscape-altering after holding a approach strike from this storm.
Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach
Time support for misfortune conditions: Through Sunday night.
Hazard threats: Strong winds, tornadoes, complicated rain.
Sustained winds of 45 to 70 mph with gusts of 80-plus mph will final good into Sunday afternoon.
Swirling winds during all levels of a atmosphere have also increasing a chances of tornadoes building during any indicate on Sunday, generally in locations right along a water. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches or some-more are approaching on Sunday alone, that might intensify localized flooding. With Irma’s last-minute lane change to a west, a charge swell won’t be as vast of a regard here as it is elsewhere, with a two- to four-foot swell approaching along many of Florida’s easterly coast.
Naples/Fort Myers/Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg
Time support for misfortune conditions: Through Monday morning.
Hazard threats: Storm swell and wind.
Irma’s ultimate end will be along a west seashore of Florida. This means a conditions will mellow fast from Naples to Tampa Bay via Sunday afternoon. However, Irma’s trail will take it together to a west seashore of Florida, gripping a whole segment engulfed in a dangerous northeast plot of a storm, where winds are strongest. Sustained whirly force winds and gusts over 100 mph should arrive in Naples Sunday afternoon and in St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay into a evening.
The many dangerous jeopardy for this segment will be a impassioned charge surge. Nowhere in a whole state will a storm-surge levels be aloft than along a gulf-facing coast, with charge swell totals of eight to 12 feet and locally adult to 15 feet forecast. Any coastal city from Tampa Bay south to Naples is during risk, with ancestral flooding (the likes of that haven’t been seen in this area given Hurricane Donna in 1960) melancholy thousands of people and structures.
Exceptional charge swell flooding probable in Naples south including Marco Island
— Greg Diamond (@gdimeweather) September 9, 2017
Time support for misfortune conditions: Sunday night by Monday morning.
Hazard threats: Wind, rain, and tornadoes.
Inland areas won’t shun a effects of Irma. The charge is extremely vast in size, with tropical-storm-force winds fluctuating external over 200 miles from a center. The breeze speeds in executive Florida and a Orlando area will start to collect adult by late Sunday afternoon, with postulated winds of 40 to 60 mph and gusts of 70-plus mph durability from late Sunday night by Monday morning.
Heavy sleet will also means problems, with a ubiquitous 6 to 12-plus inches of sleet approaching by a time a charge is over. The jeopardy of tornadoes will boost by Sunday night, as well, as a storm’s core marks north along a west seashore of Florida.
Time support for misfortune conditions: Sunday dusk by Monday afternoon.
Hazard threats: Rain, tornadoes, wind.
The northeast apportionment of Florida will be spared a misfortune of Irma though won’t shun unscathed. Sustained tropical-force winds of 40 to 55 mph will overspread a area from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville by Sunday evening, with a misfortune winds (gusts adult to 70 mph) occurring overnight. Heavy sleet will be a story line here as six to 10-plus inches of sleet is approaching to tumble in a comparatively brief period.
As with other tools of a state, a whirly jeopardy will arise overnight on Sunday as Irma’s charge core marks northward.
Storm-surge values will be towering (two to 4 feet) though should outcome in usually teenager to assuage coastal flooding.
Potential effects on Georgia and a southeastern United States
Time support for misfortune conditions: Monday morning by Tuesday morning.
Hazard threats: Wind, sleet and, during a coast, charge surge
Hurricane warnings extend good into Georgia, covering over half of a state. Parts of southern South Carolina also are underneath a whirly warning, with Irma staid to say a hurricane-force strength for several hours after landfall.
Sustained pleasant force winds of 25 to 45 mph will widespread over Georgia from south to north starting late Sunday night. The strongest postulated winds (40 to 50 mph) with gusts of 60-plus mph will pierce in on early Monday morning, durability by Monday evening. This includes Atlanta, that is underneath a tropical-storm warning, where postulated winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts adult to 60 mph will start from about 10 p.m. Sunday night to about 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. This could lead to downed trees and outages.
Heavy sleet is also expected, with charge totals of six to 10 inches forecast, a bulk of that should tumble Monday.
Storm swell along a Georgia/South Carolina seashore will be a hazard, as well, with a Hurricane Center presaging a swell of 4 to six feet. Of sold regard is a generation of a charge surge. Persistent onshore winds will extend a swell member here, with towering H2O levels potentially durability adult to 36 hours.
Irma’s trail so far
At 3:35 p.m. Sunday, Irma had done a second U.S. landfall of a day over Marco Island, where a breeze breeze of 130 mph was reported.
Earlier, a charge strictly done a initial U.S. landfall at Cudjoe Key during 9:10 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane. Winds over a Keys raged, gusting to during slightest 94 mph in Key West (before a breeze instrument failed) and adult to 120 mph in Big Pine Key. Witness video showed a rising charge swell flooding Key West streets.
Before a confront with a Keys, Irma done landfall on a north seashore of Cuba as a Category 5 whirly usually after 9 p.m. Friday, with limit postulated winds of 160 mph. It became that country’s initial Category 5 whirly given 1924. Fueled by a extremely comfortable sea temperatures, Irma reintensified to a limit whirly sequence turn after weakening somewhat on Friday afternoon.
As it scraped Cuba’s north seashore early Saturday, it produced a postulated breeze breeze of 118 mph, and a breeze to 159 mph was reported during Falla, Cuba, in a eyewall of a hurricane.
On Friday, before creation landfall along Cuba’s north-central coast, Irma upheld north of Haiti and afterwards between Cuba’s northeast seashore and a Central Bahamas.
Thursday evening, a core of a charge upheld really tighten to a Turks and Caicos, producing potentially inauspicious Category 5 winds. The charge swell was of sold concern, as a H2O had a power to arise 16 to 20 feet above routinely dry land in coastal sections north of a charge center, causing impassioned inundation.
— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) September 8, 2017
A harmful charge swell and mortal winds had also substantially smashed a southeastern Bahamas, nearby Great Inagua Island.
— NOAA Satellites PA (@NOAASatellitePA) September 8, 2017
Through early Thursday, a charge had smashed islands from Puerto Rico to a northern Lesser Antilles.
While a core of Irma upheld usually north of Puerto Rico late Wednesday, a breeze breeze of 63 mph was clocked in San Juan early Wednesday evening, and some-more than 900,000 people were reported to be though power. In Culebra, Puerto Rico, a tiny island 17 miles easterly of a main island, a breeze breeze registered 111 mph in the afternoon.
On Wednesday afternoon, a storm’s eye had changed over Virgin Gorda in a British Virgin Islands, and a southern eyewall raked St. Thomas in a U.S. Virgin Islands.
Early Wednesday afternoon, a breeze breeze to 131 mph was clocked on Buck Island and 87 mph on St. Thomas in a U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, a whirly upheld directly over Barbuda and St. Martin in a northern Leeward Islands, a strongest whirly available in that segment and tied with a 1935 Florida Keys whirly as a strongest Atlantic charge to strike land.
As Barbuda took a approach hit, a continue hire there clocked a breeze breeze to 155 mph before it went offline.
The charge also upheld directly over Anguilla and St. Martin early Wednesday, causing serious damage.
Irma’s place in history
Irma’s arise power (185 mph) ranks among a strongest in available history, surpassing the likes of Katrina, Andrew and Camille — whose winds appearance during 175 mph.
Among a many heated storms on record, it trails usually Hurricane Allen in 1980, that had winds of 190 mph. It is tied for second-most heated with Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and a 1935 Florida Keys hurricane.
The charge confirmed limit breeze speeds of during slightest 180 mph for 37 hours, longer than any charge on Earth on record, flitting Super Typhoon Haiyan, a prior record-holder (24 hours).
Late Tuesday, a vigour forsaken to 914 millibars (the reduce a pressure, a stronger a storm), ranking as a lowest of any charge on record outward a Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico in a Atlantic basin.
The charge has generated a many “accumulated storm energy,” a magnitude of a storm’s generation and intensity, of any whirly on record.
Irma’s landfall vigour of 929 millibars in a Florida Keys was a lowest for any U.S. landfalling whirly given Katrina (920 millibars) and for a Florida landfall given Andrew (922 millibars). It ranks as a seventh-lowest vigour of any U.S. landfalling storm.
Capital Weather Gang whirly consultant Brian McNoldy contributed to this report. Credit to tropical-weather consultant and occasional Capital Weather Gang writer Phil Klotzbach for some of a statistics in this section.
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