Irma remains a major category 5 hurricane this evening with winds sustained 185 MPH.
Irma has maintained that sustained wind of 185 mph now for 36 hrs. She’s on the short list of longest lived cat 5 hurricanes.
List by Philip Koltzhach
The minimum central pressure in Irma is currently 914 mb. That’s now below 27″ of mercury 26.99″ Here the list of the most intense hurricanes in the Atlantic based on pressure.
Forecast modeling and the National Hurricane Center is zeroing in on a track into or near Florida over the weekend. Biggest impacts there are expected to be Sunday.
The spaghetti model spread including NHC track
The GFS and European models operational runs from this morning are in remarkable agreement bringing the eye of the extremely dangerous storm into or very close south and east Coast Florida. Only
The Northeast Coast of Georgia and Carolina’s may also be in the cross hairs for a second landfall Monday (assuming the 1st is in FL).
There’s a tremendous amount of warm ocean water for the storm to feed on and very little shear to weaken the storm. If the center stays over open ocean waters, there’s a very good chance we’ll be adding Irma to some lists posted above. Some folks have been asking if we’ll see any effects from the storm here in Maine? There’s some indications remnant rainfall from Irma may arrive in New England late Wednesday next week.
A lot still needs to come together for that though, and based on today’s forecast, it is not expected to be significant.
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