Hurricane Irma Hugging the Shoreline of Southwest Florida

As of 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, the center of Hurricane Irma was located at 25.6 degrees north (N) and 81.8 degrees west (W).  This puts Irma about 30 miles (mi) south (S) of Naples.  Maximum sustained winds are at 120 miles per hour (mph), which classifies Irma as a Category Three (Cat 3) Hurricane, Irma’s minimum central pressure has risen to 936 milibars (MB), or 27.64 inches.  Irma’s current direction is just W of due…

"Hurricane Irma Hugging the Shoreline of Southwest Florida"

Hurricane Irma’s Overall Impacts Differ Little regardless of Landfall

Regardless of whether Hurricane Irma strikes the Florida Peninsula’s west coast, or simply skirts by its coastline, the storm’s impacts on the Florida Peninsula will remain largely unchanged.  With the exception of the western portions of the Florida Panhandle, Irma will blast the entire state with tropical storm force winds, and only the extreme eastern and northern parts of the peninsula will avoid hurricane force winds.  Though the Gulf side will bear the brunt of…

"Hurricane Irma’s Overall Impacts Differ Little regardless of Landfall"

Tampa Bay Residents Provide Reasons for not fleeing from Irma

Tampa, FL – Hurricane Irma looks likely to become the first major hurricane to strike Tampa Bay directly in almost 100 years.  However, for a variety of reasons, not everyone in west-central Florida fled from the storm.  Some people chose to stay behind and hunker down, while others were forced to remain behind. I had an opportunity to speak with some of those who provided reasons why they are hunkering down instead of leaving town. …

"Tampa Bay Residents Provide Reasons for not fleeing from Irma"

Irma’s Track toward Tampa Bay Could Devastate the Area – Saturday 2 a.m. Update

Irma remains a Category Five Hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour (mph), with a minimum central pressure of 930 millibars (MB), or 27.46 inches.  Irma was moving just north of due west (W) at 12 mph.  Hurricane-force winds extend up to 70 miles away from the center, with tropical storm force winds force winds up to 185 miles away from the center. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects a turn to the Northwest…

"Irma’s Track toward Tampa Bay Could Devastate the Area – Saturday 2 a.m. Update"