Hurricane Irma Will Likely Be A Category 4 Or 5 Hit To Florida

Photo: The Weather Channel

The National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update has Hurricane Irma shifted further left than anticipated with the eye moving right along Florida’s west coast.

Late Friday night Irma made landfall in Cuba as a category five and will likely be a devastating five or four upon hitting Florida.

At 5 a.m. the center of Irma was about 250 miles south-southeast of Miami and moving west-northwest around 10 to 15 mph.


Just about the whole state of Florida is under a hurricane watch or warning. Forecasters predict the storm will hit Florida as a category four Sunday morning. However, Fox 13 meteorologists believe Irma will be a category two or three by the time it hits the Bay Area.

The shift west, should Irma stay that course, has the majority of the state on the storm’s strong east side. Governor Rick Scott urges Florida residents to leave now. According to CNN, about 5.6 million people have been ordered to evacuate from the state.

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

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.