Hurricane Irma: Path Shifts West Poised To Affect Cullman
Hurricane Irma remains dangerous with powerful sustained winds of 155 mph. This makes Irma a Category 4 storm at the moment.
The eye of Irma is likely to move toward the southeastern Bahamas this morning.
The storm is then expected to make its long predicted move northward taking it to the coast of Cuba and the Bahamas. This will be followed closely by landfall in the Florida Keys and the southern Florida peninsula by Sunday morning.
The lower Florida Keys are under an immediate evacuation order for ALL citizens. EVERYTHING is being closed and evacuated, including local hospitals.
After landfall on the peninsula, current computer model forecasts taker Irma right up through the core of Florida.
Severe storm surge and structural wind damage are expected on both coasts (east and west) of Florida. Widespread electrical outages will be the norm. Evacuation orders have been issued for much of the coast, people need to heed those orders. Most of the worst damage will be over on the Atlantic coast.
Ultimately, the circulation center and remnants of Irma are on track to visit North Georgia and the northeast tip of Alabama Tuesday. Like Harvey before, Irma will likely be a tropical depression at that point. This track is significantly farther west than predictions you may have seen earlier in the week.
Cullman County will most likely be on the slightly ‘safer’ side of the rotation. Nonetheless, winds and rain should be anticipated for Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Rain amounts up to 2″ are likely. 20-30 mph sustained winds with random higher gusts will be typical.
This forecast is subject change slightly depending upon weather influences still less than fully defined to our west.