Hurricane Irma: Now a Cat 5

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Tuesday 7:00am CDT Update — According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma has now been classified as a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale for hurricanes. That is the highest level on the 1-5 scale. Top sustained winds are now 175 m.p.h. with wind gusts around 200 m.p.h. Should Irma interact with any landmass, destruction could be catastrophic. Current trends keep this on a path that will near South Florida by Friday as a category four hurricane with winds of 130 m.p.h.



Monday 7:00am – Hurricane Irma continues as a strong hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. This morning, it is still more than 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands. However, the National Hurricane Center projects this to maintain an east to west path that could have the storm nearing the Bahamas by the end of the week and Florida this weekend. That increases the chance of a hurricane or tropical storm from Ft. Myers, around the southern tip of Florida, through the Keys, and up to Cape Canaveral. There is a smaller, but still plausible chance of a storm interacting with the “First Coast” of Florida, up to the outer banks of North Carolina.

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