Irma remains category 5 Hurricane; headed toward Turks and Caicos

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 175 mph, according to the latest advisory, and fluctuations in intensity are expected over the next few days. Irma is expected to remain a powerful category 5 storm over the next 24-48 hours.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest at about 16 mph and will continue this general motion through Friday.


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A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • The Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti
  • Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas
    Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Central Bahamas
  • Northwestern Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach
  • Florida Keys
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Florida Bay
  • Cuba from Matanzas province eastward to Guantanamo province

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • The Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engano westward to the southern border with Haiti
  • Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince
  • Cuba provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach
  • Florida Keys

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A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the area.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening waters moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

 

Hurricane Wind Scale

Category Sustained Winds Damage
1 74-95 mph Very dangerous winds will produce some damage
2 96-110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage
3 (Major) 111-129 mph Devastating damage will occur
4 (Major) 130-156 mph Catastrophic damage will occur
5 (Major) 157 mph or higher Catastrophic damage will occur

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. The scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage.

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