The latest from the Nat'l Hurricane Center...

posted by Kelly Bennett -

Hurricane Irma Public Advisory                     

Hurricane Irma Advisory Number   9

1100 AM AST Fri Sep 01 2017

...IRMA FORECAST TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE FOR DAYS...


SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...18.5N 37.8W

ABOUT 1580 MI...2540 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...972 MB...28.71 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located

near latitude 18.5 North, longitude 37.8 West. Irma is moving toward

the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h).  A turn toward the west is

expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on

Saturday.


Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher

gusts.  Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during

the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful

hurricane through the weekend.


Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the

center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles

(150 km).


The estimated minimum central pressure is 972 mb (28.71 inches).





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