While the hearts and hands of many are reached out to victims of the disastrous, deadly Hurricane Harvey, Florida watches and prepares for the possible arrival of Hurricane Irma.
The dangerous category 3 hurricane is anticipated to increase in intensity as it stirs over warm waters in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Today’s 5:00 a.m. bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NOAA) warns that the hurricane is expected to impact the Leeward Islands with tropical storm force winds and rain beginning late tomorrow.
The report showed Irma was about 625 miles east of the Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 115 MPH. The hurricane was travelling west-southwest at around 14 MPH.
NOAA added that a turn toward the west is expected later today, followed by a west-northwestward turn late on Tuesday.
But questions regarding Irma’s impact on Florida and the east coast remain largely unanswered. The system is still too far out to accurately forecast what, if any, threat it is to our area.
“FL knows how important it is to be prepared. Encourage your loved ones to have a plan ahead of any potential storm,” Scott tweeted. “Disaster preparedness should be a priority for every Florida family.”