Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Update

Radar image of Hurricane Irma at 2:15pm on Sunday September 10th.  

Hurricane Irma’s landfall in the US was in the Florida Keys and the west coast of Florida.  
The effects of Irma in Florida are flooding, wind damage and storm surge.

Hurricane Irma is now located on the Gulf Coast of Florida west of Orlando.

Locally, the surf has been good with swell coming from Hurricane Irma.  I surfed at Holden Beach on Saturday and it was chest to head high. We are under a wind advisory indirectly from Irma.

Hurricane Jose is still out there and another tropical wave is close to Africa that could possibly form into a tropical depression or tropical storm.

By Fletcher W.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome Back to Peak Hurricane Season

Hurricane Irma is a category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean moving westward toward Puerto Rico.

As of 5 am Wednesday September 5th, maximum sustained winds are 185 mph and the minimum pressure has dropped to an insane low of 914 mb or 26.98in.
The pressure in Wilmington today is 1012.4 mb.  The record low pressure is 882 mb in Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

Hurricane Irma is passing the Leeward Islands.  The storm is moving WNW at 16mph.  It is forecast to move through Puerto Rico and the Bahamas and then hit Florida as a major hurricane.

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record.   It is a Category 5 hurricane, which must have sustained winds over 155 mph.

The Wilmington beaches are supposed to get big surf starting Friday and forecasts do not show when it ends.  They are calling for surf to peak on Sunday at 12-16 feet with hard onshore winds.

by Fletcher W.