130 to 155 mph wind gusts expected in Collier County:
4:13 p.m.: National Weather Service meteorologists say wind gusts of up to 155 mph will hammer western Collier County until about 8 p.m. Gusts up to 120 mph are possible in eastern Collier County.
Irma eyewall has moved ashore in Collier County:
4:07 p.m.: Hurricane Irma’s eye is onshore in Collier County, the National Weather Service says. Heavy rain bands have spread north and will cover the entire region through the afternoon.
Irma’s eye leaving the Keys:
10:19 a.m.: Irma’s ferocious eyewall is beginning to move away from Key West, the National Hurricane Center reported. At 10 a.m., the eye was located about 25 miles northeast of Key West after making landfall on Cudjoe Key at 9:10 a.m. A 93 mph gust was recently measured at Carysfort Reef Light near Key Largo, forecastesr said and a National Ocean Service station in Key West just reported a sustained wind of 67 mph. Irma is moving to the north-northwest at 8 mph with sustained winds still roaring at 130 mph.
Miami Beach in for big winds:
The National Hurricane Center says Miami Beach residents can expect gusts of between 80 and 100 miles per hour over next few hours.
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Irma makes landfall on Cudjoe:
9:25 a.m.: Hurricane Irma made landfall at 9:10 a.m. on Cudjoe Key, just over 20 miles from Key West. The center passed over the largely residential Key, and once home to the Fat Alber spy and weather balloon, 9:10 am, according to the National Hurricane Center. High winds continue to spread across the Lower Keys, with a 106 mph gust reported at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key.
Lower Keys in Irma’s eye:
9:02 a.m.: The Lower Keys were engulfed by Hurricane Irma’s eye, according to the National Hurricane Center. A National Ocean Service station in Key West just measured sustained winds of 71 mph with a 90 mph gust. The Key West Weather Service Forecast Office recently reported a 91 mph gust. Irma is currently located 20 miles east of Key West.
Irma just south of Middle Keys:
8:54 a.m.: Potentially “catastrophic” Irma was located just south of the Middle Keys’ center, with the eyewall covering most of the Lower Keys to the Seven Mile Bridge, the National Weather Service said. “Potentially catastrophic storm surge and life threatening winds, extremely heavy freshwater rain and possibly a few embedded tornadoes,” are possible, the service warned.
Northern eyewall reaches Key West:
7:03 a.m.: Irma’s eyewall is now 15 miles from Key West.
Irma within 30 miles of Key West
6:29 a.m.: Hurricane Irma was within 30 miles of Key West at 6 a.m., National Hurricane Center forecasters said. Sustained winds in the storm remain at 130 mph. At Key West International Airport, sustained winds measure 39 mph, with a recent gust of 66 mph. A private weather station at Alligator Reef Light is reporting sustained winds of 64 mph.
Hurricane Jose going loopy:
6:19 a.m.: Hurricane Jose, about 200 miles north-northwest of the Leeward Islands, could throw over-worked National Hurricane Center forecasters for a loop, literally. The latest forecast track shows the Cat 4 storm making a “anticyclonic loop” and heading to the northwest through the weekend, making a turn to the east, and then circling back toward the Bahamas next week.
“With such a complex steering pattern expected, it comes as no surprise that the track guidance diverges significantly in the latter forecast periods,” they wrote in their latest advisory. Jose is expected to remain a hurricane over the next week, with 105 mph winds forecast in five days.
Sustained winds pick up near Dry Tortugas:
3:10 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center reported at 3 a.m. that sustained winds near the Pulaski Shoals Lighthouse, an unmanned lighthouse east of the Dry Tortugas, have reached 62 mph with a gust up to 76 mph. Wind gauges at Miami Executive Airport have measured a sustainded wind of 46 mph with a 61 mph gust. The storm was located about 65 miles southeast of Key West with 130 mph winds.
Winds increasing in the Keys:
4:19 p.m.: National Hurricane Center forecasters say winds have begun to pick up across the Keys. At Molasses Reef off Key Largo, sustained winds were clocked at 49 mph. Winds are considered hurricane strength at 74 mph. Marathon earlier reported 41 mph winds. Irma is moving west, northwest at 9 mph after slowing overnight along the Cuban coast.
Irma dead south of Miami
3:38 p.m.: Miami will suffer through hours of miserable weather, but the city can breathe a little easier. For those old-fashioned hurricane chart plotters, Hurricane Irma has moved slightly west of a line due south of Miami, National Hurricane Center forecasters said at 3 p.m. Miami sits at the 80.1 line. Irma is at 80.3. Irma is now about 145 miles southeast of Key West, moving west at 9 mph near the north coast of Cuba, with 125 mph sustained winds.