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#IRMA update from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, 5 p.m. EDT today 9/9/17: "...EYE OF IRMA BEGINNING TO MOVE SLOWLY AWAY FROM THE COAST OF CUBA WHILE WEATHER IS DETERIORATING IN SOUTH FLORIDA...MAJOR HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED OVER THE FLORIDA KEYS AT DAYBREAK...
Hurricane Irma is centered as of 5 p.m. EDT about 115 miles (190 km) southeast of Key West, moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northwest motion is expected to begin tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near the north coast of Cuba during the next few hours, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Irma is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba and remain a powerful 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 195 miles (315 km). Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport recently reported a sustained wind of 47 mph (76 km/h) and a gust of 70 mph (113 km/h)...." >> Get the full NHC advisory -- with detailed warnings and storm surge predictions -- and images at www.hurricanes.gov (or click our profile link). >> Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. >> For a one-stop page with links to multiple resources, visit @NWS's site, www.weather.gov/wrn/irma. [Video: NOAA GOES-16 geocolor satellite loop of Irma at 3:22 p.m. EDT, September 9, 2017.] #Science#nature#space#satellites#tropicalcyclone#Florida#Southeast#hurricanes#noaa @NWS @noaasatellites
If you are forced to remain, storm safety rules are the same: Remain inside a secure shelter and stay away from windows. Even when it seems like the hurricane has calmed, stay in a safe place; you could simply be in the eye of the storm, which provides a brief lull. Make sure you learn the location of shelters in your area in advance. #hurricaineirma2017#hurricaneirma#flood#fear#florida
5 BASIC TIPS FOR HURRICANES
1-Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
2-Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
3-If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
4-Make a family emergency communication plan.
5-Find out text or phone alerts available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” #hurricaineirma2017#hurricaneharvey#hurricane#flood#florida
What you need to know now
#Florida : It's bracing for a direct hit. The chart below shows Irma's path. The Caribbean: Irma hammered a string of northeast islands. Barbuda took a major hit, with 90% of its #buildings#damaged .
#Hurricane Jose: It's just behind Irma, and it's now a Category 3 storm. @cnn #hurricaineirma2017#CNN