While Hurricane Irma’s eye is not guaranteed to directly hit South Florida this weekend, the National Hurricane Center officially issued a Hurricane Warning for a large portion of southern Florida area, as indicated by the red areas in the map down below.
Hurricane Irma’s 2 p.m. advisory also states maximum sustained winds are currently 155 miles per hour as the storm moves west at 14 miles per hour. It has a minimum central pressure of 925 millibars.
A Hurricane Warning is also in effect from the Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, the Southeastern Bahamas, the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, and Villa Clara, the Central Bahamas, and the Northwestern Bahamas.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued mandatory evacuation orders for all Zones A, B and parts of C. It’s the largest evacuation in Miami-Dade County history, with over 600,000 asked to leave their homes. Find out if you’re in an evacuation zone here.
Check here for a list of shelters in Miami Dade County (shelters elsewhere are linked down below). Even without a direct hit, the potential for hurricane force winds all across Florida is quite high.
Potential for hurricane force wind gusts (> 74 mph)— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) September 8, 2017
All of Florida peninsula + panhandle Tallahassee --> Jax
Most of Georgia inc Atlanta pic.twitter.com/atbR9XokI2