TYLER, Texas (KETK) - While Irma has weakened into a Category 4 hurricane in the last 24 hours, but the brunt of the storm has yet to hit the lower 48 soil. Irma will make landfall before daybreak Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane and move right through the Florida Peninsula, likely to leave that state in billions of dollars of damage and high water.
As of early Friday afternoon, Irma still has winds up to 150 mph and considered a major hurricane. Her eye-wall is located between the Bahamas and Cuba in the Atlantic Ocean.
Irma will make landfall by early Sunday morning around sunrise. If it makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, it will be the first time in over a century that we’ve had two landfalling Category 4 hurricanes in the same season.
You note that Irma’s track is different than what we’ve shown you yesterday. Hurricane alerts are posted for Florida from the Eastern Gulf Coast to the Western Atlantic Coast. This storm has forced many evacuations across South Florida. Storm surge to over 9 feet is likely for the South Florida coastline.
JOSE & KATIA LATEST
These two storms have potential to impact land also, just not the United States.
Let’s first start with Katia…
Katia has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane and will make landfall in Mexico later tonight and Saturday morning.
Jose has become a major hurricane on Thursday and now is even stronger at Category 4 strength. Jose will bring wind and rain to the Leeward Islands before lifting northward into the central Atlantic.
A busy weekend ahead in the tropics, and Florida will be the key focus as landfall will occur with Irma overnight Saturday & into Sunday morning.
Chief Meteorologist Scott Chesner and Meteorologist Brian Alonzo will have updates on all the tropical systems this evening and through the weekend on KETK & FOX51.