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Hurricane Irma back to Category 5, warnings extended along Florida peninsula

Hurricane Irma is back to a category 5 storm as it nears Florida. (WPEC)


11 p.m. advisory:

Hurricane Irma's strengthened back to a category 5 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is making landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago coast of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.


Gov. Scott warns Florida’s West Coast to find a shelter

As Hurricane Irma continued to shift west Friday night, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged residents to find shelter by noon on Saturday.

Scott acknowledged the unpredictability of storms like Hurricane Irma which now has tracked away from directly hitting the south east, and heading straight for the west coast.

“This storm is life-threatening and an imminent threat to our state,” Scott said in a statement. “Not following evacuation orders could cost you your life.”

He urged residents to find shelter rather than risk their lives on the road.

“Do not stay on the road- find the closest available shelter to your home and go there immediately,” said the Governor. “After noon tomorrow, it will not be safe for anyone in these coastal counties along the west coast to travel and it will not be safe for the law enforcement officers who will need to rescue you. “

--- Frank Maradiaga


Why is Irma powering up? The massive system is moving back over warmer water.


The 11 p.m. advisory showed the storm moving west at 13 mph and a turn to the northwest is expected by late Saturday, the NHC said. Irma's potential track has shifted further west and evacuation orders are being issued up the west coast of Florida, according to Gov. Rick Scott.

Although there will be some fluctuations in intensity during the next day or two, Irma will likely remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.

A Storm Surge Warning has been extended northward on the east coast of Florida to the Volusia/Brevard County line and on the west coast to the Anclote River, including Tampa Bay, according to the NHC.

A Storm Surge Watch has also been extended north on the west coast of Florida to the Suwanee River.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect up to the Volusia/Brevard County on the east coast and to the Anclote River on the west coast, the NHC said.

The Hurricane Watch has been extended to Fernandina Beach on the east coast and to Indian Pass on the west coast. This alert means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Scott said Hurricane Irma is wider than the state of Florida and all Floridians should be prepared to evacuate soon.

Tracking the Tropics

Hurricane Jose, a major category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, appears to be getting stronger may become a category 5 storm. It's moving west-northwest at 17 mph and is forecast to be near the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday.

Hurricane Katia made lanfall in Mexico Friday night as a category 1 hurricane, the NHC said. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is predicted to rapidly weaken during the next 24 hours.

LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS

A flash flood watch has just been issued for Palm Beach County. It'll go into effect Saturday evening and run through Monday evening due to the latest track on Hurricane Irma.

A countywide curfew is also in place for Palm Beach County, and it goes into effect Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Trump Organization is closing its three private properties in Palm Beach County. According to the CBS Evening News, the Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, and Trump National Gulf Club, Jupiter, are shut down. The property in Doral is not taking new reservations in the event the city is evacuated. "We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in thepath of Hurricane Irma," said a Trump Organization spokesperson.

Good Samaritan Medical Center suspended services during the storm and all patients are being evacuated to sister hospitals inland.

FPL says it expects to see unprecedented outages to 4.1 million customers, or about 9 million people across Florida.

PBIA is securing the terminal Friday at 10 p.m. after the last flight out, scheduled for 9:04 p.m. The garage will remain open for people to store their cars. Airport spokeswoman Sandy Davis told CBS12 the airport is not an approved shelter for people.

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BULLETIN FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER


HURRICANE CONDITIONS SPREADING WESTWARD OVER PORTIONS OF CUBA AND

THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...

...HURRICANE WARNINGS EXTENDED NORTHWARD ALONG THE FLORIDA

PENINSULA...

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...22.1N 76.5W

ABOUT 195 MI...310 KM E OF CAIBARIEN CUBA

ABOUT 345 MI...555 KM SE OF MIAMI FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...155 MPH...250 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 280 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...925 MB...27.32 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

--------------------

CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Hurricane Warning has been extended northward for east coast of

Florida to Sebastian Inlet, and along the west coast of the

peninsula northward to Anna Maria Island.

The Hurricane Watch has been extended northward along the west coast

of Florida to Suwannee River.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued north of Venice to the Anclote

River, including Tampa Bay, and from Ponce Inlet to the Flagler/

Volusia County Line.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Venice

* Florida Keys

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* North of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County line

* North of Venice to Anclote River

* Tampa Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Anna

Maria Island

* Florida Keys

* Lake Okeechobee

* Florida Bay

* Southeastern Bahamas

* Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and

Villa Clara

* Central Bahamas

* Northwestern Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* North of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County Line

* North of Anna Maria Island to the Suwannee River

* Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, and Las Tunas

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening

inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,

during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a

depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather

Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at

hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons

located within these areas should take all necessary actions to

protect life and property from rising water and the potential for

other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other

instructions from local officials.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-

threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the

coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather

Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at

hurricanes.gov.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected

somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and

property should be rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible

within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours

before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force

winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or

dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are

expected somewhere within the warning area.

Interests elsewhere in Cuba, Florida, and the southeastern United

States should monitor the progress of Irma.

For storm information specific to your area in the United

States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please

monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service

forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside

the United States, please monitor products issued by your national

meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located

near latitude 22.1 North, longitude 76.5 West. Irma is moving toward

the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and a turn toward the northwest

is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of

Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and the

central Bahamas tonight and Saturday, and be near the Florida

Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher

gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson

Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely

to continue during the next day or two, and Irma is expected to

remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from

the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185

miles (295 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 925 mb (27.32 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

----------------------

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the

tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by

rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water is

expected to reach the following HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND if the peak

surge occurs at the time of high tide...

SW Florida from Captiva to Cape Sable...8 to 12 ft

Cape Sable to Boca Raton including the Florida Key...5 to 10 ft

Venice to Captiva...5 to 8 ft

Anclote River to Venice including Tampa Bay...3 to 5 ft

Boca Raton to Flagler/Volusia County line...3 to 6 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of

onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and

destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative

timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over

short distances. For information specific to your area, please see

products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast

office.

The combination of a life-threatening storm surge and large breaking

waves will raise water levels ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS by the

following amounts within the hurricane warning area near and to the

north of the center of Irma. Near the coast, the surge will be

accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Southeastern and central Bahamas...15 to 20 ft

Northwestern Bahamas...5 to 10 ft

Northern coast of Cuba in the warning area...5 to 10 ft

WIND: Hurricane conditions are still occurring in portions of the

southeastern and Central Bahamas. Hurricane conditions are expected

to continue within the hurricane warning area along the north coast

of Cuba through Saturday. Hurricane conditions are expected in the

northwestern Bahamas tonight and Saturday, and in portions of

southern and central Florida and the Florida Keys Saturday night or

early Sunday.

Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area in central

and north Florida by Sunday, with tropical storm conditions

possible by late Saturday.

RAINFALL: Irma is expected to produce the following rain

accumulations through Tuesday night:

Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos...additional 1 to 3

inches.

Southern Bahamas and northern Cuba...10 to 15 inches, isolated 20

inches.

Southern Cuba...4 to 8 inches, isolated 12 inches.

Jamaica...1 to 2 inches.

The Florida Keys, much of the Florida peninsula, and southeast

Georgia...8 to 15 inches, isolated 20 inches.

Western and Northern Florida peninsula from Tampa northward...4 to 8

inches, isolated 12 inches.

Rest of Eastern Georgia, western South Carolina, and Western North

Carolina...4 to 7 inches.

Western Georgia, eastern and northern Alabama, and southern

Tennessee...2 to 5 inches.

In all areas this rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods

and, in some areas, mudslides.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes will be possible beginning Saturday

morning across south Florida.

SURF: Swells generated by Irma are affecting the southeastern

Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the northern coast of the

Dominican Republic, and should start affecting portions of the

southeast coast of the United States tonight. These swells are

likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Please consult products from your local weather office.


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