HURRICANE IRMA COVERAGE CONTINUES

7:05pm Sunday September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma is now inland over southwest Florida. Hurricane force winds, extremely heavy rains and storm surge continue. Just because it is inland now doesn’t mean that it is not still very dangerous!

We still have a live camera in Naples. We just added a new live camera in Bradenton. Later this evening we will activate the vehicle camera to give live wind data reports from somewhere in the vicinity of Lakeland.  Check the live cams section of the app frequently as conditions change.

I will post a new video discussion late tonight concerning Irma as well as other potential issues from the tropics.

Thanks for your support!  It has been a trying but successful field mission- but we still have along way to go.

Mark Sudduth

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Irma makes landfall on Marco Island, eyewall moving up the coast

Irma officially made landfall on Marco Island, FL at 3:35 PM ET Sunday afternoon.

The eyewall continues to move up the coast with locations from Naples to Ft. Myers to experience a significant increase in wind speeds followed by the calm of the eye.

Officials continue to warn the west coast of Florida that the storm surge after the eye passes will be significant and quickly rise. They are asking everyone to evacuate vertically.

Naples Cam

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Irma approaching SW FL, landfall expected later today

From Meteorologist Zack Fradella:

Hurricane Irma remains a Category 4 major hurricane with winds of 130 mph as of the 11 AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Movement is to the north at about 9 mph which will put Irma very close to the Southwest Florida coast later this afternoon.

Currently the worst of the weather has transitioned to Southeast Florida, specifically the Miami area as winds are now gusting to hurricane force. The Lower Keys experienced wind gusts to 120 mph this morning as the storm made landfall but conditions are improving as the center lifts north.

Rapidly conditions will deteriorate along the Southwest Florida coastline from Naples up through Tampa this afternoon as the eyewall of Irma moves onshore. Multiple reports from the west side of the state are indicating a significant low tide as the winds remain offshore. That will quickly change as the center approaches the coast and the storm surge inundates the coastline. Everyone is being urged to not venture out to the beach to see the low tide as when it rises, it will do so rapidly.

You can monitor the latest stream from Marco Island, Florida on the link below or by downloading the Hurricane Impact app from HurricaneTrack.com:

Marco Island Storm Surge Cam

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Irma making landfall across the Lower Keys

Updated: 8:45 AM ET Sunday, Sept 10

Irma is now making landfall and crossing the Lower Keys of Florida. The winds are well in excess of hurricane force with a storm surge moving in with it.

Our live weather station and cam were knocked off the air just a few moments ago – in fact, everything coming out of the Lower Keys was lost – all Facebook live feeds, etc. from storm chasers and others. It happens – the network can only endure so much.

We do have two camera systems running farther up the coast – one in Marco Island and one in Naples. Those will last all day today and in to tonight – network conditions permitting.

I have posted a new video discussion with continuing updates of the potential for storm surge flooding along the SW and W coasts of Florida over the next couple of days.

I am in Miami right now but will be heading towards Cedar Key and the Big Bend area later to set up additional equipment.

Zack Fradella, our colleague in New Orleans, will have another video and blog post around 2pm ET this afternoon.

M. Sudduth

 

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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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