UPDATE: As hurricane Irma continues to track over the open waters south of Florida, intensification will be explosive. Intense convection continues to develop around the eye-wall and around Irma meaning strengthening is underway which was expected via the latest model guidance. By tomorrow morning, Irma will likely be a dangerous category 4 storm once more as she barrels towards Florida. An infrared image of a much healthier looking Irma is shown above.
Current conditions in the Florida Keys are shown in the latest METAR from Key West International Airport.
KEYW 100253Z AUTO 03035G57KT 1 3/4SM RA SCT017 OVC025 A2929 RMK AO2 PK WND 03057/0156 SLP920 P0020 60075 58010 $
As you can see, winds are picking up (gusting to 57 knots), moderate rain is falling, with the worst yet to come. A scary night is on the way for hopefully very few people across the Keys, with the focus shifting to much of Florida on Sunday. The only hope is that residents have evacuated the area if told to do so as this life-threatening situation develops. This storm is the real deal as verified by various social media videos of islands in the Atlantic that have been decimated by Irma.
Please listen to your local National Weather Service offices for the latest warnings/watches, read the public discussions and continue to follow GWCC for the latest on this event before conditions deteriorate. There is still time to act in portions of the Florida Peninsula, do not second guess a storm of this magnitude and history.
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