Miami is in the ‘worst possible position’: Hurricane and life-threatening storm surge warnings are issued for the first time for South Florida after eye of Irma shifts on its way towards the US

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Meteorologists are now predicting that Miami will bear the brunt of Hurricane Irma when it hits
Parts of the Georgia coast, Miami and the entirety of the Florida Keys are now under mandatory evacuation
Evacuations went into effect in the Florida Keys on Wednesday and Miami on Thursday
Georgia ordered the evacuation of the state’s coastal areas – including the city of Savannah – on Thursday
Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm, is expected to hit south Florida Sunday morning
The category 5 storm has caused devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 13 so far: Eight on St. Martin, three in Puerto Rico, one in Barbuda and one in Anguilla
Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with more than 90 per cent of buildings damaged on both islands

7 September 2017

Miami is now in the ‘worst possible position’ as Hurricane Irma heads for the US mainland.

With the storm barreling toward the tip of Florida for perhaps a catastrophic blow this weekend, the US National Hurricane Center forecast reported that the most likely path of the eye of the storm had shifted.

The center said it had become likely that Irma will make landfall on Saturday in southern Florida as a dangerous major hurricane and bring ‘life-threatening storm surge and wind impacts’ to much of the state.

‘It looks like it’s shifting, even though it may be just 20 miles, it puts Miami right in the worst possible position,’ CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said.

‘Because when you look at the formidable storm, the strongest winds, the strongest storm surge, the bands of heavy rain are always in that north, northeastern quadrant.’

Irma was 585 miles from Florida late Thursday and is currently ‘pummeling’ the Turks and Caicos islands. The category 5 storm struck the Caribbean on Wednesday and the official death toll is now at 13.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued hurricane warnings for South Florida and the Keys late on Thursday night as Irma tracks toward the state with 165 mph winds. A storm surge has also been issued for the same area.
Mandatory evacuation orders are already in place for Miami, the entirety of the Florida Keys and parts of the Georgia coast.

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