A week after Hurricane Harvey devastated large swaths of the US Gulf coast, Americans on the East Coast on Sunday were warily watching the progress of another major storm, Hurricane Irma.
A waffling Hurricane Irma trudged through the tropical Atlantic on Friday promising a rebound in virility but giving few clues to its long-range path.
After bursting from a tropical storm to a powerful Category 3 hurricane in just 12 hours on Thursday, Irma dipped briefly to a Cat 2 cyclone as its towering thunderstorms sputtered on cooler sea surface temperatures. By late afternoon, it was back to a major hurricane with 120 mph winds.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said in their 11 p.m. advisory that Irma may fluctuate in intensity over the next few days as it moves into warmer waters, but also faces slightly stronger wind shear. Irma was about 1,500 miles east of the Leeward Islands Friday afternoon.
Hurricane Irma is swirling in the Atlantic, giving few indications of a future path and denying forecasters a chance to catch their breaths after the devastation of Hurricane Irma could strike U.S. East Coast by next weekend, or it …
The storm has so far defied tradition when it comes to paths taken by past Cabo Verde storms as it ticks west-southwest before taking a forecast turn toward the north next week. The five-day forecast puts Irma on the doorstep of the islands of Martinique through St. Martin on Tuesday as a 130-mph Category 4 hurricane.
Dan Kottlowski, a hurricane expert with the Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather, said it’s too early to know if the U.S. coastline will be affected by Irma. A clearer picture should emerge Monday or Tuesday.
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“It may be a fish storm, but there is no way to tell right now,” Kottlowski said, referring to the nickname given tropical cyclones that head out to sea with no impact to land. “People don’t need to panic and I don’t think it’s worth them worrying about it over Labor Day weekend.”
Still, Palm Beach County emergency managers urged that regardless of Irma’s ultimate destination, the long weekend is a good time to review hurricane plans and take inventory of supplies.
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“We advertise three to five days for general preparedness, but it’s not a bad thing to have at least seven-day supply,” Blakeney said. “We really need people over this holiday weekend to take some time to pay attention to the local media and just be vigilant so there’s no surprise.”
The National Weather Service warned that fake storm graphics mimicking those of the National Hurricane Center were floating around social media showing various Irma doomsday scenarios for Texas and other areas of the country.
One way to tell if a forecast is from the NHC is that official advisories extend only five days into the future.
“There are a lot of mean people out there who want to cause panic,” said Kottlowski said. “It’s understandable there is anxiety after Hurricane Harvey.”
Where Irma tracks depends on a few atmospheric puzzle pieces, including the Bermuda High and an upper-level low pressure system that is expected to sweep west to east through the U.S. next week.
If Irma skirts around the western edge of the Bermuda High and heads north, a strong upper-level system moving due east over the U.S. would help push Irma out to sea. If the upper-level system is weak, or lifts to the northeast, it would have less influence over sending Irma away from the coast.
“The easiest call for Irma is it’s going to be plowing through the Atlantic as a powerful hurricane for quite a few days to come,” said meteorologist and Weather Underground blogger Bob Henson. “Beyond Wednesday, the uncertainty in Irma’s track expands greatly.”
Since 1966, about 11 percent of hurricanes that formed in the same area where Irma was born in the far eastern Atlantic made a U.S. landfall, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach.
That includes hurricanes Gloria (1985), Hugo (1989), Georges (1998), Isabel (2003) and Ivan (2004).
Ivan made landfall in Alabama, but devastated areas of the Florida Panhandle. Georges hit the Florida Keys as a Cat 2 hurricane.
But some emergency managers are more worried about people’s reactions following Palm Beach County’s scary near-miss with Hurricane Matthew last year.
“The biggest concern we have is when people try to predict what a storm will do based on what the last storm did,” Blakeney said. “Every storm is different. You can’t plan today based on what the last storm did.”
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