Hurricane force conditions approaching Keys, South Florida

From Meteorologist Zack Fradella:

Hurricane force conditions are moving into the Keys and will continue to spread inland into South Florida as we move into Sunday morning.

The latest information from the National Hurricane Center as of 11 PM ET Saturday shows winds are now down to 120 mph which is still a major Category 3 storm.

An update from earlier forecasts only shows an increase in winds up to 125 mph keeping the storm a Category 3 as it approaches the Florida West Coast on Sunday. I must caution everyone that intensity forecasts are the biggest struggle for forecasters and considering the organization on satellite tonight, don’t be surprised to see Irma go through a strengthening phase before landfall.

A storm surge is expected to impact all areas across the state of Florida but more specifically, the southwest corner of the state is of highest risk for up to 15 feet of water level rise as the center moves onshore.

Outside of the overall hurricane impacts, tornadoes are another threat that comes with a landfalling storm. The highest threat area overnight for tornadoes will be in Southeast Florida from Miami to West Palm Beach.

Conditions will continue to go deteriorate from south to north along the Florida Peninsula throughout the night tonight and especially on Sunday.

I’ll have more in the morning, stay safe!


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