2:20 PM Sunday September 10
Hurricane Irma appears to have wobbled just to the east of the last forecast track as I noted in my last report. The eye appears to be slated for a landfall on or scraping Marco Island in the next hour and then continue wobbling along the coast to Naples and then Cape Coral. The latest update from the National Hurricane Center has the storm with top winds of 120 mph moving to the North at 12 mph. This places the path along the coast with maximum potential storm surge moving in along and just after the eye wall passes. This is as bad as it gets! See the latest Doppler Radar animation loop below.
- Winds over 100 mph have reached Miami
- Tornados spreading across the state, especially on the Atlantic coast
- Storm Surge over 2 Ft near Miami and West Palm Beach
- Low Water: Draining out from offshore wind ahead of the eye in. Naples to Tampa. This will rush back in with the eye and the wind shift form the west after the eye passes.
- Please note that the wind speed at this point is negligible. The storm has a wave memory of a once powerful Cat 5 so the waves and surge will behave as if it was still a stronger system.
- 80 miles – Hurricane Force Wind Field
- 220 miles – Tropical Storm Force Wind Field
2 PM Update From NHC
ABOUT 35 MI…55 KM S OF NAPLES FLORIDA
ABOUT 70 MI…115 KM S OF FT. MYERS FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 350 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…936 MB…27.64 INCHES
Doppler Radar Loop
30 minutes ending at 2:30 PM
The highest chance of tornadoes is on the east coast of Florida as winds off of the Atlantic move faster then slow across land. The resulting wind sheer as the winds aloft remain strong help develop the spin ups and this will remain all day well hundreds of miles away from the eye.
Storm Surge Max to 10 15 Ft
Add in 30+ Ft waves on top and the water level along the coast could reach 45 Ft above normal. That would cover, damage, and likely wipe out structures 3 to 4 stories tall!
Yes, the water level can drop a lot on outer edge of the storm was the water gets sloshed around the eye depending on wind direction. Low water in Naples will be replaced quickly by strong return as eye passes overhead or to their east (inland).
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet
* North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to the
* Florida Keys
* Tampa Bay
Reminder: Storm Structure
Cape Sable to Captiva…10 to 15 ft
Captiva to Ana Maria Island…6 to 10 ft
Card Sound Bridge through Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys…
5 to 10 ft
Ana Maria Island to Clearwater Beach, including Tampa Bay…
5 to 8 ft
North Miami Beach to Card Sound Bridge, including Biscayne Bay…
3 to 5 ft
South Santee River to Fernandina Beach…4 to 6 ft
Clearwater Beach to Ochlockonee River…4 to 6 ft
Fernandina Beach to Jupiter Inlet…2 to 4 ft
North of North Miami Beach to Jupiter Inlet…1 to 2 ft
Worst Impact Area
Farther North Up The Coast
Warnings and Watches
Almost the entire state is under the risk of Hurricane Force Winds and Tornados. Tropical Storm Watch through Atlanta, GA for Monday!
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian
* Florida Keys
* Lake Okeechobee
* Florida Bay
* Cuban provinces of Matanzas and La Habana
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* North of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach
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
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Bimini and Grand Bahama
Track Farther North- Just off the west coast
Based off of the earlier track. Need to adjust the long range track to the right
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