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Latest data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane a few hours ago
indicate that Irma's intensity continues to fluctuate, and the
winds are estimated at 135 kt. The last minimum central pressure
was 925 mb. Another reconnaissance plane will check Irma soon.
Satellite images and radar fixes from Cuba indicate that Irma has
slowed down and is now moving toward the west or 280 degrees at
about 10 kt. The hurricane should continue on this track for the
next 12 hours to 24 hours, and this track will bring the core of
Irma very close to the north coast of Cuba. After that time, Irma
should reach the southwestern edge of the subtropical high and begin
to move toward the northwest and north-northwest toward the Florida
originally posted by: ProphetZoroaster
originally posted by: jrod
a reply to: ketsuko
The Turkey Creek nuclear plant is a concern. It has plenty of issues without a major hurricane. It is an old plant that needs to be completely updated or decommisioned imho. Hopefully the surge will not cause a catastrophic failure.
Gould said the nuclear sites are among the strongest in the United States and are designed to withstand heavy wind and storm surge. Turkey Point's nuclear reactors are enclosed in six feet of steel-reinforced concrete and sit 20 feet above sea level, the Miami Herald reported. Nuclear plants also have significant redundancies that serve as back-ups to back-ups.
Turkey Point, located just south of Miami in Homestead, survived a direct hit from Hurricane Andrew in 1992. However, the facility did suffer $90 million in damage from that Category 5 storm, according to press reports.
"This storm has the potential to eclipse Hurricane Andrew," Gould said.
Aircraft based at military bases across the southeastern United States will be relocating to Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township after evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall, officials at the 127th Wing at Selfridge said Thursday.
originally posted by: onehuman
They just said on the news here that 5-6million people have evacuated Fla. I find that amazing. I'm also a bit surprised after the farce that Matthew ended up being. A lot of people didn't trust them after that. All in all it didn't seem to go too badly considering.
originally posted by: MysticPearl
Get a generator.
Should have anyway.
originally posted by: trollz
How long do you guys think the various parts of Florida will be without power? My parents seem to think 10 or so days seems reasonable. Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? I know our power went out 14 times one day just from thunderstorms, which is absolutely absurd, so I'm afraid to find out what the hurricane will do.