MaxSez: NWS shows IRMA picking up speed. Track still in doubt but Cuba/US slot passage expected this week will tell the tail. Both the Gulf an Eastern Seaboard on the Target List.
The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Warning for the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the British Virgin Islands.
The government of the Netherlands has issued a Hurricane Warning for the islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.
The government of France has issued a Hurricane Warning for St. Martin and Saint Barthelemy. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Guadeloupe.
A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra.
The government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Dominica.
ST. Maarten Met Special: SPECIAL FEATURE: At 11:00 AM LST, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 53.3 West or about 650 miles east southeast of St. Maarten. Irma is moving toward west southwest at 14 mph (22 km/h) but a turn toward the west is expected later today followed by a west northwestward turn late Tuesday. On the forecast track the center of Irma will move near St. Maarten Tuesday night into Early Wednesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is anticipated through Tuesday night.
NWS Aviation Discussion: “For the
Florida peninsula, it is still too uncertain to forecast the
impacts at this time.”
Florida: State of Emergency ( Be prepared early!)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the entire state in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, Irma was a Category 4 and nearing the Leeward Islands.
The 5 p.m. forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center puts much of South Florida — including a portion of Collier County — in the 5-day cone.