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originally posted by: wasobservingquietly
According to the Weather Channel,
Irma is now a category 5.
Sustained winds of 175 mph & could even intensify over warmer water.
Looks like the most likely path will be up the spine of Florida.
In the period between 1975 and 1999, 83 tropical or subtropical cyclones affected the state, which collectively resulted in $45 billion (2008 USD) in damage, primarily from Hurricane Andrew, and 54 direct casualties. The 1985 season was the year with the most tropical cyclones affecting the state, with a total of 8 systems. Every year included at least 1 tropical cyclone affecting the state. The strongest hurricane to hit the state during the period was Hurricane Andrew, which was one of only three Category 5 hurricanes to strike the United States. Andrew, at the time, was the costliest tropical cyclone in United States history and remains the second-costliest. Additionally, Hurricanes Eloise, David, and Opal hit the state as major hurricanes.
The period from 2000 to the present was marked by several devastating North Atlantic hurricanes; as of 2013, 63 tropical or subtropical cyclones have affected the U.S. state of Florida. Collectively, cyclones in Florida over that period resulted in over $100 billion in damage (2008 USD). Additionally, tropical cyclones in Florida were responsible for 69 direct fatalities and at least 80 indirect ones during the period. Eight cyclones affected the state in both 2003 and 2005, which were the years with the most tropical cyclones impacting the state. Every year included at least one tropical cyclone affecting the state. The strongest hurricane to hit the state during the period was Hurricane Charley, which was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew. Additionally, Hurricanes Jeanne, Dennis, Wilma, and Hurricane Ivan made landfall on the state as major hurricanes.
originally posted by: Lilroanie
a reply to: dawnstar
Hah My family just came back from Ventura/Santa Barbara last night and were in that in the harbor! My sis said it was crazy, they were hanging out on the boat fishing one minute then BOOM everything was going nuts!
originally posted by: Dutchowl
a reply to: violet>>>. They hype these storms and then suddenly when they get close to land or make landfall and independent meteorologists or weather watchers can share THEIR readings, suddenly it gets downgraded. Harvey was a monster storm but not so much in size or strength as in what it did. It parked itself and wouldn't budge near the coast and just dumped rain. That was from a high pressure that stopped it in its tracks. Is this a CAT 5, a CAT 4 or a bad CAT 3? We don't know. It all ties in to Global Warming narratives.
South Florida Residents Already Prepping for Storm
Officials in the Florida Keys have activated the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center, and have ordered mandatory evacuations for both visitors and residents ahead of Hurricane Irma. Visitors will begin evacuating at sunrise on Wednesday, the county said in a Facebook post, while schedules for resident evacuations are still being determined.
“If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt told WPLG. “The sooner people leave, the better.”
Starting Wednesday, all schools in the Florida Keys will be closed until further notice, the Monroe County School District said in a statement on Tuesday.
Miami-Dade County officials are advising residents living in low-lying areas to start evacuating tomorrow. Residents in the Miami area are already getting "jittery" ahead of the approaching storm, according to the Miami Herald; bottled water was in short supply and stores are packed with shoppers.
“It’s gonna get crazy and I’d rather get it done before there’s more people and it’s chaos,” Mike Kizek, who was buying groceries at the Publix in Morningside, told the Herald. “If I waited, then all that would be left is cans of tomato sauce.”
Hurricane Irma intensified into an extremely dangerous high-end Category 5 storm with top sustained winds of 180 mph on Tuesday morning, putting it among the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever observed. Irma's winds are the most powerful ever measured in an Atlantic hurricane north of the Caribbean and east of the Gulf of Mexico. Measurements from Hurricane Hunter aircraft found peak winds of close to 180 mph, well above the 157-mph threshold for Category 5 strength. At 11:07 am EDT, a dropsonde in Irma's eye measured a central pressure of 927 millibars, 4 mb lower than the previous pass, so Irma is still strengthening.
Irma poses the most serious hurricane threat to northern Cuba and Florida since at least Hurricane Andrew (1992). Since Sunday night, computer models have agreed that Irma will continue west-northwest before making a fairly sharp right-hand turn in the vicinity of the Florida Straits over the weekend. The level of agreement among models and over time has been quite high for a forecast in the 5-day range. Given this agreement and Irma’s Category 5 strength, residents of Florida must take this hurricane with the utmost seriousness.