Hurricane Irma has set it sights on Miami, the entire state of Florida, before moving back out to sea and then hammering the Charleston, South Carolina, area.
The official National weather service models show Irma making landfall in Miami sometime on Saturday. With probable devastation in its awake. Irma is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 to 156 miles an hour when it plows ashore Saturday morning. Here is how the National Weather Service describes the impact of a Category 4 hurricane:
Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Jimenez has already issued evacuation orders for zones A, B and C in Miami.
If I category four or five hurricane Irma makes landfall in southern Florida, tracking just to the west of Miami, experts say it would bring distructive, on the shore wins to luxury high-rise condos situated at the water’s edge, flooding them from below and shredding them from the top down.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to spread over Florida from south to north as early as Saturday morning with hurricane force winds of 75 miles an hour or greater arriving soon thereafter.
The current National Weather Service track shows Irma making a run up the Florida East Coast before skipping back out to sea briefly, and then slamming the shore again near the Georgia/South Carolina border. From there, it is projected to make a run to the northwest along the South Carolina Georgia border, taking aim at Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Palmetto State is expected to start feeling Irma’s effects, including periods of heavy rain that may lead to flooding, strong winds to tropical storm force or raider, and perhaps even isolated tornadoes, by early next week according to the latest National Weather Service update from Columbia, South Carolina.
Earlier today Myrtle Beach fire chief Alvin pain said he’s breathing a bit easier with forecast showing Irma coming ashore between Hilton head Island and Charleston. But he says residence should not let their guard down because evacuations could still be necessary. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said if evacuations are necessary they will be announced Saturday morning.