Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Hurricane Jose, spinning back around, could impact East Coast next week

Hurricane Jose, spinning back around, could impact East Coast next week

"A storm of this magnitude an intensity will require us in many cases to completely rebuild out electric system from the ground up, particularly on the west coast", Florida Power and Light Co.

At the current time, Irma has been downgraded to a category three storm, but with as much as it has changed over the course of the last week, it could potentially upgrade back to a four or a five at any time.

On Sept. 11, 2017 at 5 a.m. the National Weather Service released new predictions that show Hurricane Irma located in Ocala, Florida.

The National Hurricane Center forecast potentially deadly storm surges - water driven ashore by the winds - of up to 15 feet (4.6 m).

"Because the tropical storm force winds extend 220 miles from the center of the storm, the entire Tampa Bay area should feel at least 39 mph winds by midday today".

Irma's winds eased to about 100 kilometers per hour Monday as the storm continued to move on a northwest path, away from Florida.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a unsafe Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. This watch includes includes Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Saluda counties.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Bonita Beach to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Jupiter Inlet to the South Santee River and Lake Okeechobee. "Winds reach hurricane strength later this evening and overnight", said Spann. Miami was struck by wind gusts of almost 100 miles an hour that saw two giant construction cranes collapse.

"The conditions will be ripe for tornadoes", says News19 Hurricane Expert Jim Gandy. By the afternoon, wind speeds will increase to hurricane force.

Power outages are expected and are being reported in some areas already. So power outages are still possible in SC.

FPL chose to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

Do not trust or rely on weather data from third party sources that promise to have some "inside information" that no one else knows.

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