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Hurricane IRMA track shifts, mandatory evacuations in southwest Florida

*HURRICANE IRMA 11 pm Friday UPDATE*

JUST IN Hurricane warnings extended northward along Florida peninsula: 11 pm UPDATED #Hurricane #Irma track from NHC (slight west adjustment included impacting more of SW FL).

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center 11 pm UPDATE: #Irma returns to Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. Moving W at 13 mph

NHC statement 11 pm: 
..IRMA MAKING LANDFALL ON THE CAMAGUEY ARCHIPELAGO OF CUBA AS A
CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE…
…HURRICANE WARNINGS EXTENDED NORTHWARD ALONG THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA…

 

 

The update track shifts the storm west toward Cuba tonight then turning north Saturday.  The storm is expected to cross over the Keys early Sunday making land fall in the far south/southwest tip of the state.  There will be fluctuations in intensity – possibly reaching category 5 status again before coming ashore Sunday morning.

Officials are urging residents to leave – especially in the Keys.  The national weather service in Key West issued this statement early Friday afternoon.

With the adjustment in the storm track comes the threat of life threatening storm surge.  Evacuation are now mandatory as far north into parts Fort Meyers!

Early estimates off our in-house computer model shows gusts to 104 mph in Miami and wide-spread power outages.

 

 

For more localized information check with the National Hurricane Center through the rest of tonight and the weekend.