When Will Hurricane Irma Hit Florida’s Panhandle?

The latest map of Hurricane Irma as of 11 a.m. on September 9.

In just a few hours, meteorologists predict Hurricane Irma will make landfall in Florida, and it’s said to bring destructive conditions along with it.

As of the latest update at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the storm appears to be shifting just a bit to the west, and much of Florida’s Panhandle appears to be at risk.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast, Irma will make landfall in southern Florida and the Miami area around 8 a.m. Sunday morning before working its way up Florida’s spine on its way toward the panhandle. The panhandle should feel the effects of Irma sometime around Sunday evening and into Monday morning, meteorologists predict.

Check out latest Irma track at the top of the page.

It’s expected that Irma will make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and dissipate to a Category 3 by the time it reaches the panhandle.

A Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale is considered a “major” hurricane that will bring devastating damage. Winds will range somewhere between 111-129 mph, and the NHC warns that well-build framed homes may incur “damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends.”

According to The NHC, tropical-storm-force winds ranging between 39 to 73 mph are expected to reach northern Florida on Sunday morning with the worst conditions coming from Sunday evening to Monday morning in the panhandle.

The estimate of when to expect increased winds from Irma.

The National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Warning for Lakeland, Winter, Haven and Bartow counties on Saturday, calling for dangerous winds arriving around Sunday afternoon. In addition, a storm surge warning was extended for all of Florida’s west coast ahead of Irma as there’s a high probability of a surge.

Storm surge warnings extended for all of the west coast of #Florida head of #HurricaneIrma.

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The NHC also advises that between 8 to 15 inches of rain — with isolated totals of 20 inches — are expected in the Florida peninsula and southeastern Georgia.

On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency so that “local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this dangerous storm.”

“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott said in a statement.

The latest forecast has brought forth one of the United States’ largest evacuations ever, with about 5.6 million people being ordered to evacuate. As the days continued to pile up and the storm strengthened, Scott told Floridians to “leave now” during a Friday press conference.

“If you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now,” Scott said. “Not tonight, not in an hour, now.”

For the latest updates on Irma, click here.


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Googlieeyes

My inlaws went to the beach on vacation today….destin …pretty sure they will be driving back soon

Randy

Chris, Thanks for the update, unfortunately I tried to convince some relatives to leave the Destin panhandle area two days ago because of the possible shifting that every hurricane is capable of (i.e.,Katrina, etc.). Well, it has now shifted and they are still there, waiting to be told to evacuate. If you wait until you are told to leave by the government, that has no common sense, it is too late. Might as well add 2 more body counts to the total. I am taking my suit to the dry cleaners today to have it pressed for the funeral (or memorial if the bodies aren’t found). Thanks again for your common sense approach, hopefully you convinced people to leave and saved a few smart people. Chalk the relatives up to Darwin’s evolution theory “only the smart ones survive”.

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