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Hurricane Irma makes landfall

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9-6-17 WEDNESDAY 10 AM

Ed Piotrowski - ed@wpde.com


HURRICANE IRMA IS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE WITH 180 MPH SUSTAINED WIND

Early Thursday morning, Irma made landfall over the northern Leeward Islands including Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained wind of 185 mph. Only Hurricane Allen in 1980 had higher winds (190mph). Over the next 5 days, Irma will move generally west-northwest and likely maintain category 4/5 strength. There are several wild cards when it comes to exactly how strong Irma will be. The models have trended west and south again and it's not out of the question Irma could be disrupted some by the mountains of Hispaniola or Cuba. After that, wind shear, dry air and interaction with Florida could cause additional weakening. Regardless, count on Irma being a large, powerful and dangerous hurricane for a long time to come.

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