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From Jupiter Inlet To Bonita Beach Under Hurricane Warning

Hurricane WarningAll of southern Florida from Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach (including the Keys) is now under a hurricane warning and a storm surge warning. We can expect hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge in coastal and low-lying areas beginning on Saturday — but conditions could deteriorate as early as Friday night because this is an extremely large and powerful major hurricane.

Hurricane WarningComplete all preparations today, Friday. If you are in an evacuation area and haven’t left yet, leave now for a safe location in your general area. Do NOT attempt to drive north to get out of state — you will end up in Irma’s path. We can expect severely damaging winds, flooding rain, and extremely dangerous storm surge from sometime on Saturday into Monday.

Hurricane WarningHere’s the information on Irma as 5 am Friday. Irma was located near 21.7 North, 73.8 West, and was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour into the southeastern Bahamas. Maximum sustained winds were 155 miles per hour, at the top of category 4 strength. But Irma remains a powerful and dangerous hurricane — and will remain so when it reaches Florida. Computer models remain in agreement on a southern Florida landfall. But we are approaching the point when output from the models can’t refine the track in a meaningful way. Only data from observations, radar, and satellite will matter as Irma approaches.

Finish your preparations, find your safe place, and stay safe.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.