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We live in West Palm Beach Florida, about 15 miles inland from the ocean. Originally the forecast was for Hurricane Irma to make landfall in Miami as a Category 4 hurricane with 150+ MPH winds. Then it was forecast to continue over the east coast of Florida, through Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach..., still as a dangerous Cat 4 hurricane. Now the forecast track has steadily moved to the west.
At this time (10 am Saturday morning) the center of Hurricane Irma is over the northern coast of Cuba, about 300 miles from us in West Palm Beach. The storm is so big that they outer bands started arriving in our area last night around 7 pm. We are not expected to start having hurricane force winds (75 MPH and above) until 4 or 5 PM Sunday afternoon. We will start having tropical storm winds later today (above 39 MPH). The winds are then projected to be around 75 MPH at 4 or 5 PM. Then they are projected to steadily build from 75 MPH to approximately 100 MPH or so between 5 PM and 2-3 am Monday morning.
Miami has already started feeling some of the stronger affects of Irma, and it is still far away. They have been experiencing some stronger bands, and approximately 27,000 households are without power already in the Miami area.
The current projected storm track is for the center of Hurricane Irma to make landfall near Key West in the Florida Keys as a Cat 4 hurricane. Then is will continue up the west coast of Florida and hit between Fort Meyers and Tampa. Still as a dangerous Cat 4 hurricane. Then it will continue up through Florida and into Georgia.
Hurricane Irma is so strong and large (approximately 500 miles wide) that the entire state of Florida will see hurricane force winds above 74 MPH.
Also, it is the first time ever that there have been 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time (Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, and Hurricane Katia). Right now Hurricane Jose is also a Cat 4 hurricane, and Katia is a Cat 2 near Mexico.
Please pray for everyone in the path of this terrible storm.