Irma to eye Florida; high impact still expected in Lowcountry

Hurricane conditions spreading westward over portions of Cuba and Central Bahamas, according to 11 a.m. update.

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — According to the latest forecast track, the South Carolina coast continues to be less likely to take a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.

As of 5 p.m., September 8, the storm is a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 MPH.

Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph.

The eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning, according to the forecast track.

A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Venice
  • Florida Keys

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County line
  • North of Venice to Anclote River
  • Tampa Bay

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A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Sebastian Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Anna Maria Island
  • Florida Keys
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Florida Bay
  • Southeastern Bahamas
  • Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara
  • Central Bahamas
  • Northwestern Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County Line
  • North of Anna Maria Island to the Suwannee River
  • Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, and Las Tunas

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A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening rising waters moving inland from the coastline.

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

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

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

Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of anticipated weather event; warnings 36 hours in advance.

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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