As of this posting, Hurricane Irma is back to a Category 5, with 160MPH sustained winds.
Overnight last night it moved on a more westerly track, putting its eye over the Florida Keys and the Gulf side of Florida’s peninsula.
It is still projected to strike Florida as a Category 5, or a high Category 4 when it makes landfall.
As of 11PM EDT on 9/8/2017, LOCATION: 22.1°N, 77.7°W – 120 mi ESE of CAIBARIEN CUBA.
As it makes its way north through Florida over the weekend, East Tennesseans will want to pay attention early next week as forecast models have the remnants of Irma over northern Georgia and/or Alabama and into Tennessee late Monday through Tuesday. In some models, the center of Irma could come into Tennessee, drift West, then turn towards the East, possibly bringing tropical storm-force winds, and dumping torrential rainfall in the area and causing flooding issues as it changes directions.
Irma’s death toll stands at 22 but it may climb as it makes partial landfall in Cuba before crossing into Florida.
Stay tuned to your local television and radio outlets, listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest, and listen to East Tennessee SKYWARN on 146.940 (alternate 146.625 MHz) as conditions warrant.