As Irma Continues to Batter South Florida, Strongest Winds Expected in Marco Island / Naples Area Within The Next Couples of Hours

September 10, 2017 1pm Advisory

Hurricane Irma:

  • Location: 25.6 N   81.8 W
  • About 35 mi S of Naples, FL
  • About 70 mi S of Ft. Meyers, FL
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 120 mph
  • Present Movement: N or 350 degrees at 12 mph
  • Minimum Central Pressure: 936 mb / 27.64 inches of mercury

At 1:00 PM CDT, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 81.8 West.  Irma is moving toward the north near 12 mph, and a north-northwestward motion with a further increase in forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing through Monday.  On the forecast track, the center of Irma should move near or over the southwest and west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight.  Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph with higher gusts.  Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves near or along the west coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles.  A 62 mph sustained wind and 99 mph gust was recently reported at the Federal Aviation Administration station at Miami International Airport.  An 81 mph wind gust was recently reported at the Miami Weather Forecast Office/National Hurricane Center.

The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 936 mb / 27.64 inches of mercury.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for

  •  West of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
  •  North of Fernandina Beach to South Santee River

Hurricane Jose:

  • Location: 21.7 N  65.8 W
  • About 300 mi NW of the Northern Leeward Islands
  • About 340 mi E of Grand Turk Island
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 130 mph
  • Present Movement: NW or 315 degrees at 16 mph
  • Minimum Central Pressure: 944 mb / 27.88 inches of mercury

At 10:00 am CDT, the center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 21.7 North, longitude 65.8 West. Jose is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph. A northwest motion is expected to continue today. Jose will turn toward the north tonight and Monday, then toward the northeast Monday night, with a slower forward motion.

Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph with higher gusts.  Jose is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 944 mb / 27.88 inches of mercury.

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