Florida is bracing as Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, is feared to hit Florida on Sunday.
The hurricane “remains a dangerous and life-threatening Category 5” storm, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned Wednesday night at a briefing. Forecast models have put the storm on a track to hit Florida over the weekend, but meteorologists have warned its path could change.
Scott said Florida is “at least 48 hours away from feeling the effects of this massive system.” The Florida Keys, he said, could feel the effects of the storm Friday night and early Saturday.
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While the forecast track currently has Irma going up the Atlantic side of Florida’s coast, should the Hurricane go further west and then come up the Gulf of Mexico and into the Panhandle, it could affect East Tennessee as it comes north. Please stay tuned over the weekend as Irma comes ashore and tracks up the coastline one side or the other of Florida.
Hurricane Jose is as of now a Category 1 storm, trekking along the same path as Irma, but predicted to go further north than Irma currently is going.
Hurricane Katia has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and is forecast to make landfall in Mexico over the weekend, as it moves slowly southwest.
via WYFF TV: The [National] Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to bring torrential rains during the next few days primarily to the state of Veracruz, which spans along Mexico’s central Gulf coast.
Katia currently presents no threat to the US.