Overnight Hurricane Irma – Update and Open Discussion Thread…

Hide from wind and run from water, is the general rule-of-thumb when it comes to hurricanes and storm surges.  Hurricane Irma is no different.  The scope of potential South Florida areas at risk from storm surge is massive.  –Interactive Link HERE– If you are in one of the evacuation zones, don’t wait – head to a shelter as soon as you can.

NBC-2.com is a great resource for residents in SWFL (Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties). They have a very useful “NewsLinks” section – SEE HERE

At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 22.1 North, longitude 77.7 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the north coast of Cuba through Saturday, near the Florida Keys Sunday morning, and then near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is once again a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 924 mb (27.29 inches).

It’s ok to be nervous.

It’s ok to be worried.

The important thing is to stay calm.

Work through each problem using your best judgement.  Step-by-step.  Taking action while you have control over things is more calming than reacting when you have no control.

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182 Responses to Overnight Hurricane Irma – Update and Open Discussion Thread…

  1. Kaco says:

    I came across this map posted somewhere, I don’t know how accurate it is and I’m having trouble understanding some of the color grades as the legend doesn’t give a description from what I can find. I figure red means bad news for surge, but it would be nice to know what each color indicates.


    If this is an accurate flood/surge map, please let me know. And if so, please let me know if you can find the legend descriptions.

    We have some family on both coasts, I checked out their addresses on that map, only one is showing in one of the zones. It’s the yellowish one, between the orange and the green in North Port. The word yesterday is all are staying put. My cousin in Seminole says there’s no gas and it’s 90 miles to go anywhere. The other family is in the Ft Lauderdale area.

    I keep praying for everyone in Florida,. Worried about all those in an evacuation zone.

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    • vexedmi says:

      The map you present lacks the info you need. Go back to the top of this article and click on the NOAA Interactive Link HERE. The information that you are seeking is contained on their map.
      GOOD LUCK!


    • whirlwinder says:

      Irma has been on a straight line from Sept. 5 (16.7 &57.7) through Sept 9 @ 7 AM (22.5 & 78.8) Plot these coordinates and see if you agree with me. Every hurricane above the equator turns north and heads back east due to coriolis force. This turn north and then east is a guess by the weather service. I happen to think that with the straight line path, that Irma still has strength enough to continue WNW for a bit longer before turning North and then heading East. The curve is too much from a straight line from its current position and then blast into Florida.

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      • Hilda says:

        WW you are expressing the very concern I could not/would not/dare not say out loud. Myself and my family are here on the MS Gulf Coast…eerily similar to Katrina.

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  5. georgiafl says:

    Let’s collect some Live Weather/Web Cam links to watch as long as we/they have power.

    Here’s what I have so far:


    MIAMI – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2LJ57jTDbM&list=PLtTCe8RBNzNTR1jJFGELYPCFAvV7gBZKo
    LAKELAND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm-jJ9XpqlU

    CRYSTAL RIVER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHxG9jCtRCE
    JACKSONVILLE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np6iHBOo53U
    PANAMA CITY BEACH – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVfGu0vOrNQ

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  8. Jeff says:

    Florida and Georgia plates heading North on I-95 . Utility Crews headed South on I-95 on Friday .

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  9. Southpaw says:

    With the latest track Atlanta and surrounding areas don’t look like a real good place to seek safety. Pines and tropical winds do not agree with the power lines. And those trees take a while to clear.


  10. John Ross says:

    My late mother bought a small house on Captiva Island 40 years ago that my sister now owns. The house itself probably cost less than $3000 to build way back when; the land is what’s valuable, or at least it was until recently. My sister stays there in the winter; she’s at her primary home near D.C. right now.

    Captiva (adjacent to Sanibel) is on the Gulf side of Florida, near Cape Coral, halfway between Tampa and the southern tip of the state. In 2004 Hurricane Charley split Captiva Island in two in 15 minutes. My sister’s house is 3 miles from that split.

    As Sundance accurately points out, the next 72 hours might see a topography changing event for the Gulf coast of Florida. A ten foot storm surge on Captiva might see both her house and the land under it disappear.

    Don’t clutter up this board with prayer posts for her house, or us. We’re in safe areas with good health and more than enough material possessions.

    The next few days are going to be interesting.

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    • SF says:

      Charley split

      “The 1998 lidar topography shows a continuous barrier island. During 2001, Tropical Storm Gabrielle cut two small passes through the island. The May 2004 lidar survey shows where the two small breaches occurred and that the breaches had filled with sand. The August 2004 EAARL survey shows the development of the large Charley breach”

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  11. HolyLoly says:

    With God, all things are possible. Those of us not directly affected by the storm can be praying to see things change.

    For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,’ and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23

    We say unto Irma, be thou removed and be cast into the sea! We command the millibars to rise and the storm to dissipate and abate. We say, “Peace be still!” in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Lord, increase our faith to believe that we shall have whatsoever we saith!

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  12. treehouseron says:

    My Sister made it out of Naples… and went to Sarasota *SMH*

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  13. LKA in LA says:

    Please treepers pray for those 10 volunteers and the 55 cats they stayed to take care of at the Hemmingway Museum in Key West. Another treeper posted the story last night and I am sick about it. It read that they had no where to take the cats who were directly related to the Hemmingway cats and lived in the Museum.

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