Irma | 11 a.m. Update Sept. 5 | News | The Press and Standard

by | September 5, 2017 11:26 am

From Colleton County Emergency Preparedness:

At 11 AM AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located

near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 58.4 West. Irma is moving toward

the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected

to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest

tonight. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma

is forecast to move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands

tonight and early Wednesday.

Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that

the maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher

gusts.  Irma is a an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity

are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to

remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple

of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the

center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles

(260 km).

The latest minimum central pressure reported by reconnaissance

aircraft is 931 mb (27.50 inches).

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