Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hurricane Irma predicted to avoid Virginia, moving farther west

Hurricane Irma predicted to avoid Virginia, moving farther west

Even if Jose does not make direct landfall, it is likely to dump a lot of rain on islands already ravaged by Irma, which has been blowing at almost 300 km/h for more than 33 hours - a record.

Another Category 1 tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia, "will probably make landfall in the northern part of the Mexican state of Veracruz before Friday", he added.

But it still could pack enough wind and rain to drench Athens, with possible flooding and gusts up to 40 miles per hour. That's twice the width of the Florida peninsula and big enough to do damage to areas far away from the center of the storm.

After that it's unknown what path the storm will take. To figure that out, forecasters have to look at the same weather patterns bringing sunny skies to Missouri or rain to Virginia because they also provide the pushes and pulls that move hurricanes around. The Spectator will continue to relay all information that is provided by the National Weather Service and local authorities regarding Hurricane Irma.

"The pressure in the center of the eye and wind speeds puts Irma in the top five strongest hurricanes in the history of the Atlantic basin".

"It's important not to look at everything on social media, because there's a lot of insane stuff out there", she said.

Since Monday, September 4, 2017, the National Weather Service in Lincoln has been conducting special weather balloon launches.

Along with Hurricane Irma, meteorologists are also tracking Jose, a smaller hurricane in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The state of emergency helps the commonwealth prepare for potential in-state emergencies, as well as help other surrounding states, the release said.

He told us the trailer could be used to help weather service families with nowhere to stay after the storm.

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