Hurricane Irma will affect our weather

Good Saturday, everyone. Hurricane Irma continues to slowly work toward Florida and will probably bring devastation to much of the Sunshine State. What’s left of the storm will then roll toward our region, bringing wind and rain into Kentucky.

Irma is slowly working along the coast of Cuba and will turn north toward Florida later Saturday and Saturday night. It is likely to regain steam as it does so, potentially becoming a Category 5 before working into south Florida early Sunday.

Here’s the latest look at the storm:

Hurricane Infrared GOES East

The forecast track from the National Hurricane Center continues to slowly ease this thing toward the Gulf side of the state. This is a devastating path for areas like Naples, Fort Meyers and possibly Tampa. But, the storm is so huge, the entire peninsula of Florida could experience hurricane-force winds:

cone graphic

This run of the NAM shows how devastating the hit will be, and how the first rain bands arrive in Kentucky late Monday:

That shows some pretty heavy rain in Kentucky on Monday night. Here are the totals by Tuesday morning:

The GFS run has a similar track and shows the lingering rain from a decaying Irma in our region:

Make it a great Saturday and take care.

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