A Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning have been issued for South Florida.
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These warnings were issued ahead of Hurricane Irma.
A Hurricane Watch was also issued for counties further inland.
According to the National Hurricane Center, there are no obvious reasons why Irma will not remain a powerful hurricane for the next 3 days while approaching Florida. Water temperatures are very warm and upper level winds are weak.
There has been a slight shift in the track of Irma to the west from earlier forecasts this morning. Irma is being steered by the flow around the south side of the subtropical Bermuda Ridge, and the forecast was adjusted given that the ridge to the north continues to be strong. This weekend, the hurricane is expected to be located on the southwestern edge of the ridge. This will help to turn the storm to the northwest and eventually north-northwest.
Four coastal states have already declared a State of Emergency, with many areas issuing evacuations. The National Guard has been activated in Florida.
Stay with WeatherNation for the very latest on Irma.