Weather

South Florida came under a hurricane watch Thursday. That meant Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez got briefed on Hurricane Irma’s storm surge potential - and the data Gimenez heard prompted him to broaden the county’s area of mandatory evacuation.

Irma could hit Miami directly Sunday morning with destructive Category 4-force winds. As a result, Gimenez had already ordered a mandatory (but voluntary) evacuation for residents closest to shore – Zone A.

Irma To Travel Up Center of Florida

Sep 8, 2017
WUFT

Hurricane Irma though weakening some overnight to 155 mph is expected to remain a Category 4 until landfall in south Florida on Sunday, remaining a strong hurricane.

Irma's Track Shifts West Slightly

Sep 7, 2017
WUFT

There has been a notable shift in the forecast track of Hurricane Irma, as of the 5 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center. It's important to remember not to focus on that center line, it's still too soon to focus on the specifics. Hurricane Watches have been issued for from Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach and all inland areas in between with Storm Surge Watches also in effect for all coastal areas in that same region.

Fluctuations/Shifts Expected with Irma Today

Sep 7, 2017
WUFT

The National Hurricane Center says some minor fluctuations in intensity are likely today with Hurricane Irma, but it is still likely to be a Major Hurricane when it approaches Florida this weekend.

WUFT

"On the southwest coast, the area that we're most concerned about, the storm surges from Cape Sable to Captiva we could see eight to twelve feet of inundation. That's life threatening storm surge flooding", said Michael Brennan, Branch Chief of the Hurricane Specialists Unit of the National Hurricane Center. 

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