Tuesday, September 05, 2017

NHC: Irma Now A Cat 5 Storm - 175 MPH Sustained

8am Advisory - Credit NHC
















 #12,745

Although the next full advisory isn't due until 11am EST, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Irma to a strong CAT 5 storm this morning after receiving the latest data from hurricane hunters flying through the storm.
The track of the storm currently puts nearly all of Florida under the crosshairs.  But models can change, and the storm is still 6 days out.  
That said, Irma has the potential for becoming a historic storm.  No one should be taking her lightly, and everyone in her path (including myself) needs to be making preparations for her arrival.

WTNT61 KNHC 051147
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Hurricane Irma Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL112017
745 AM AST Tue Sep 05 2017

...HURRICANE IRMA BECOMES A CATEGORY 5 ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE...


NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft data indicate Hurricane
Irma has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5
hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum
winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.  A special advisory
will be issued at 800 AM AST (1200 UTC) in lieu of the scheduled
intermediate advisory for Irma.


SUMMARY OF 745 AM AST...1145 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...16.7N 57.7W
ABOUT 270 MI...440 KM E OF ANTIGUA
ABOUT 280 MI...445 KM ESE OF BARBUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...175 MPH...280 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...929 MB...27.44 INCHES

$$
Forecaster Brown/Landsea



 

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