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5 pm Update:
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE IRMA VERY NEAR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND HEADING FOR THE BAHAMAS... ...HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA...
5:00 PM EDT Thu Sep 7
Status Category 5
Location: 20.9°N 71.1°W
Moving: WNW at 16 mph
Min pressure: 922 mb
Max sustained: 175 mph
Hurricane Irma Discussion Number 35
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
500 PM EDT Thu Sep 07 2017
Hurricane Irma continues to have an impressive satellite
presentation with a very distinct eye. There is not much more to add
about the current intensity except that numerous data from the Air
Force reconnaissance plane indicate that the winds remain at 150
The environment along the future track of Irma is favorable for the
hurricane to maintain most of its current intensity, although some
fluctuations are likely due to eyewall replacement cycles which are
difficult to predict. There are no obvious reasons why Irma should
not remain a powerful major hurricane for the next 3 days while it
is heading for Florida or its adjacent surroundings. Thereafter, an
increase in the wind shear and the interaction with land should lead
to gradual weakening.
The best estimate of the initial motion is toward the west-northwest
or 285 degrees at 14 kt. Irma is being steered by the flow around
the south side of the subtropical ridge, but in 2 or 3 days the
hurricane is expected to be located on the southwestern edge of the
aforementioned ridge, and a turn to the northwest and north-
northwest should then begin. The forecast track for the first 2 days
was adjusted a little bit to the south given that the ridge to the
north continues to be strong, and the ECMWF and HFIP corrected
consensus (HCCA) models have shifted southward a little bit. These
two models have been performing very well during Irma. This
adjustment also results in a westward shift of the track near
Florida and northward.
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