Irma strengthening, approaching Florida

Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc as it has moved past mostly small Caribbean islands. It is currently moving alongside Cuba.

The Guardian: Hurricane Irma: Florida braces for epic storm as death toll hits 23 – latest updates

It is now forecast to strengthen again to category 5 as it gets to Florida, where large scale evacuations are taking place.

That looks bad for parts of Cuba over the next day (dates/times are US who are 16 hours behind us).

The forecast track has moved further to the west of Florida.

 

11 Comments

    • David

       /  September 9, 2017

      It’s amazing, this weather thing just keeps happening, almost like it’s a normal occurrence or something!

      • Gezza

         /  September 9, 2017

        Obviously we need to put a stop to it immediately. 🎩
        Wreaks havoc with the Royal Garden parties 🌧 🌪 David. 🍾 🍰 🍮 🎪
        See to it, this afternoon, if you could – there’s a good chap. ☘👍🏼
        Jolly Good
        Up the artillery 💂🏻
        Sir Gerald. ⚔

      • Yeah but a Cat 4 hurricane in the Gulf, then a Cat 5 hurricane from the Atlantic, followed closely bu a cat 4 from the Atlantic, with another Gulf hurricane also brewing at the same time, is hardly a normal occurrence. It is unprecedented in recorded history.

        And ocean temperatures are an essential part of hurricanes.

        • David

           /  September 9, 2017

          “It is unprecedented in recorded history.”

          The lack of hurricanes was also unprecedented in recorded history.
          “https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/08/04/the-u-s-coast-is-in-an-unprecedented-hurricane-drought-why-this-is-terrifying/?utm_term=.306b14898aff”

        • Zedd

           /  September 9, 2017

          yet the C-C deniers are still ‘hard at work’

          btw; I hear mr T has a golf resort in Florida.. maybe in the path of Irma ? 😀

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 9, 2017

    I think that we just forget past ones; it’s a strange feeling to read about one a few years later and have to really think hard to remember anything about it.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  September 9, 2017

    Sorry posted in GD 😦

  3. chrism56

     /  September 9, 2017

    According to Weather Underground, there were three big hurricanes active at the same time in 1893, though because there were no planes, let alone satellites, the size of them hasn’t been quantified.
    Katia has already been downgraded to a storm after being category 2 at landfall.
    https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/cat-5-irma-churns-along-north-cuba-coast
    The sea surface temperature wasn’t particularly warm either, according to NOAA
    http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/anomaly/2017/anoma.9.7.2017.gif.
    It is believed Irma formed and got so big because of lack of wind shear
    https://judithcurry.com/2017/09/08/hurricane-irma-eyes-florida/
    And NOAA hedge their bets on the influence of global warming on hurricanes, saying they don’t see an effect yet.
    https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/global-warming-and-hurricanes/