NHC on Irma: ‘Too soon to specify timing and magnitude of impact’

Hannah Lee

Possible paths for Irma from Florida Storms. Graphic from Florida Storms

In the most recent National Hurricane Center update, Hurricane Irma is still strengthening with sustained winds near 185 mph — making Irma one of six Atlantic hurricanes recorded with winds higher than 175 mph. It’s currently located 1,400 miles from Jacksonville and is moving west at 14 mph.

The current forecast shows that the hurricane will move over the northern Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday. It it will pass near Puerto Rico late Wednesday night.

The southeast Bahamas, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos are now under a hurricane watch.

The NHC said it too soon to specify the magnitude and impact Hurricane Irma will have on Florida.  Mandatory evacuations for tourists and residents in the Florida Keys are planned for Wednesday. 

In the case Irma does hit Jacksonville, check here to see how UNF is planning on protecting its students.

Many stores have started to run out of hurricane necessities. Aisles have been left empty where water cases and nonperishable foods use to stay. Check out this disaster supply kit to figure out what you need to get before the hurricane comes.

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