All eyes on Irma

Good Friday to one and all. We have some great weather across the bluegrass state, but all weather eyes are on powerful Hurricane Irma. This storm is likely to cause devastation across Florida as we head into the weekend. Irma may impact our weather early next week.

Before we get to Irma, let’s talk briefly about the weather around here. Gusty winds will be noted today, with highs from 70-75.

A weak cold front drops in tonight and will knock the temps down a few degrees into Saturday. That bodes well for the home opener at Kroger Field. Here’s my forecast:

Sunday looks equally as nice around here with 40s in the morning and low 70s in the afternoon.

The satellite image below shows Hurricane Irma taking center stage, with Hurricanes Jose and Katia making cameos:

Hurricane Infrared GOES East

The forecast track from the National Hurricane Center is a worst case scenario for Florida and brings this thing straight toward Kentucky:

cone graphic

The latest GFS model holds with earlier runs and shows the impact on Kentucky:

The Canadian is VERY similar:

The latest Hurricane Models are tightly clustered on a similar scenario playing out:

It goes without saying that this will likely cause major destruction across Florida. The Miami area looks to be in serious trouble, perhaps taking the brunt of the storm surge and highest winds.

Hurricane force winds may engulf the entire Florida peninsula from south to north Saturday into Sunday. We may see hurricane force winds deep into Georgia and South Carolina. Tropical storm force wind gusts may come all the way into Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

The prime time for impact on Kentucky comes Monday night and Tuesday. Bands of heavy rain and storms will likely work through here, but the rain shouldn’t come close to producing what Harvey did here. Winds may be greater, and that’s something for us to watch as we get closer.

Have a fantastic Friday and take care.

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