Hurricane Irma is now a Category 3 storm and has begun lashing Florida. Many airports in South Florida have shut down and curfews are in effect as 3pm. Over 6 million people were ordered to evacuate the predicted disaster areas while others have chosen to stay. Irma’s center was 145 miles southeast of Key West at 2 p.m. ET Saturday and moving west at 9 mph. Hurricane warnings were extended north along Florida’s west coast as far as Perry, and along the eastern coast to include Fernandina Beach, north of Jacksonville. A storm surge warning wraps around the state, from Brevard County to Tampa Bay. The Governor’s office said more than 54,000 people are in more than 320 shelters across the state. President Donald Trump tweeted links for Florida residents looking for information as sen below. Hurricane Irma’s strong winds and outer rain bands lashed the Florida Keys on Saturday as the Category 3 storm pushed toward the state amid dire warning of devastating gales, heavy rain and a potentially deadly storm surge. With sustained winds at 125 mph, Irma was lingering along Cuba’s northern coast Saturday afternoon according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to strengthen again and remain a powerful hurricane when it reaches Florida. The Hurricane Center says Irma’s eye was due to strike part of the Florida Keys on Sunday morning before driving up the state’s southwestern coast Sunday afternoon. As much as 20 inches of rain was predicted through Wednesday across the Florida peninsula and southeast Georgia, and maximum wind gusts will be above 120 mph for much of southwest and central Florida. Gov. Rick Scott said “The storm is here. This is a deadly storm, and our state has never seen anything like it.” The Dutch Government says 70% of homes in St Maarten were destroyed by Irma. Below you can see a chart of the path of destruction in the Caribbean including Antigua and Babuda, Turks & Caicos, US & British Virgin Islands, Dominican, Bahamas, Cuba and more. Let’s pray for everybody affected by this massive storm.
Featured Photo: An infrared image of Hurricane Irma from NASA. Red is the hottest temperature and purple is the coldest.
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We're using our unique vantage point in space to provide observations and data of Hurricane Irma. Satellite imagery from our Aqua satellite and the Suomi NPP satellite have provided different data on the still Category 5 Hurricane Irma as it headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. We continue to provide satellite imagery for Irma, tracking its trajectory, force and precipitation to inform forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. As the category 5 storm approaches the Bahamas and Florida in the coming days, it will be passing over waters that are warmer than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)—hot enough to sustain a category 5 storm. Warm oceans, along with low wind shear, are two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes. Learn more at www.nasa.gov/hurricane For information on making preparations for Hurricanes, visit the FEMA website at: ready.gov/hurricanes Credit: NASA #nasa #space #earth #hurricane #hurricaneirma #irma #rain #wind #safety #satellite #storm #science
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