Hurricane Irma predicted to weaken as it shifts West towards Jacksonville

Tiffany Salameh

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The 5 p.m. update shows the storm shifting West. National Hurricane Center

The 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center shows an official change in the track of Hurricane Irma, shifting West over Jacksonville as a Category 1.

Irma is predicted to maintain strength over the next few days before weakening, according to the NHC. The path of the storm is not a certainty.

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The strongest impacts of the hurricane are expected midday Monday on the First Coast.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the storm remains a Category 5 with sustained winds of 175 mph making it’s way to South Florida Saturday and early Sunday.

Classes and all other activities at UNF are canceled Friday Sept. 8 and Monday Sept. 11. All residential communities besides the Osprey Fountains will be closing as of 2 p.m. on Sunday. Limited space will be available for shelter on campus and students are strongly encouraged to find off-campus options for the storm.

Mayor Lenny Curry is advising Jacksonville residents in Zones A and B to evacuate early if they can. Mandatory evacuations will likely begin Friday morning, according to Curry.

UNF is not in an evacuation zone. For information on evacuation zones, click here. 

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