Tick, tock. Tick, tock. You have 24 hours to secure your shutters before it’s too late.
Though tropical storm force winds — sustained winds of 40 mph — won’t get to South Florida until late Saturday afternoon or early Saturday evening, the weather service predicts those strong winds could hit as early Friday night in Miami-Dade.
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport area could start feeling those winds as early as Saturday morning.
So get to it — now.
Irma’s mighty winds could extend from coast to coast as the storm makes its way toward South Florida over the weekend. It’s still not clear which areas would take a direct hit.
Models that once geared to the east turned back to the west, making the fierce core of the Cat 5 storm uncertain.
In any case, ruthless winds could spread across Florida as Irma rumbles on the mainland with powerful hurricane-speed winds 140 miles across and tropical storm force winds extending roughly 400 miles.