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Irma Moving West Gradual Strengthening Next Several Days

Irma Moving West Gradual Strengthening Next Several Days

 

Irma Moving West Gradual Strengthening Next Several Days

Overnight Irma has weakened a bit but it seems like the eye is making a comeback again this morning. Irma is approaching 45 degrees west which is the boundary where water temperatures increase to above 82 degrees. This and a favorable upper air environment suggest that strengthening could begin again soon. Irma is forecast to remain a major hurricane for the next several days and beyond

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Following the track of the developing eye indicates that Irma has now begun a southwest motion  and this is critical development. How far south Irma gets will determine the extent of any threat to the Leeward Islands. Irma is a little over 1000 miles east of the Leeward Islands at the moment.

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The upper low in the South Central Atlantic continues to lift northward. The amount of dry air ahead of Irma is diminishing and it does not appear to be a hostile upper air wind environment with a light wind shear environment forecast.

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…IRMA CONTINUES TO FLUCTUATE IN STRENGTH BUT REMAINS A POWERFUL
HURRICANE…

 

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…19.0N 41.8W
ABOUT 1320 MI…2120 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…110 MPH…175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…970 MB…28.65 INCHES

 

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the
progress of this system.

 

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located
near latitude 19.0 North, longitude 41.8 West. Irma is moving toward
the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A west-southwest motion is
expected during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher
gusts. Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during
the next couple of days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful
hurricane into early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles
(110 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb (28.65 inches).

 

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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None

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Timing appears to be the critical issue going forward. Both the European and the GFS models wind up with similar ideas 2 days apart but for different reasons. The European and GFS get stream at next Friday night are roughly in the same position. The difference is that the GFS accelerates Irma into that trough before the trough lifts up while the European lifts the trough out and Irma heads to the Southeast Coast of the US much more slowly. The GFS would suggest a threat for the East Coast beginning a week from today while the European would be Monday Tuesday. Usually these things wind up happening a bit faster than modeled. Since the threat on the models continues to remain in what I view as the long range I am going to remain agnostic for a bit longer. It appears that the threat for the US East coast is increasing a bit and my general perception since yesterday has been something somewhere from Chesapeake Bay to Savannah Ga with the higher risk and that is where I’m going to stay at this point. There is no cause for any immediate concern. Enjoy the holiday weekend in the meantime.

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