Hurricane Irma is on the move. The Category 5 storm is currently about 300 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. At the moment, Irma is hanging over Cuba with sustained winds up to 160 mph and is traveling at a speed of 13 mph. But if you’re on this article then you’re probably already asking yourself: when will this monster strike the Sunshine State? At what time will Florida get hit by Irma?
Update (9/11/17; 2:41 P.M.): Hurricane Irma has downgraded to a tropical storm, and it is now inching its way towards Tampa. The storm already caused destruction in Miami and Marco Island.
Update (9/10/17): Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm. Irma is now traveling up the west coast of the Sunshine State. Nearly 7 million Floridians are without power as a direct result of the storm.
Update (9/9/17; 3:29 P.M.): Hurricane Irma has reduced intensity, degrading to a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds as high as 125 mph. The hurricane is currently moving west at 9 mph, with wind gusts reaching 155 mph. The Florida Keys are already feeling strong winds and outer rain bands as Irma moves ever closer. As of Saturday afternoon, the hurricane is still battering Cuba. An estimated 20 inches of rain is expected to hit the Sunshine Sun in areas affected by Hurricane Irma.
South Florida is expected to be hit severely by Irma. The hurricane is expected to first make contact with the region Sunday morning.
If peak surge coincides with high tide then a number of areas may be flooded with many inches (and feet) of water. Here’s the expected amount of flooding if the high tide coincides with a peak storm surge, which is the rising of sea levels as a result of atmospheric pressure changes and winds relating to a storm.
- Southwestern Florida from Captiva to Cape Sable: 8 to 12 feet
- Cape Sable to Boca Raton, including the Florida Keys: 5 to 10 feet
- Venice to Captiva Island: 5 to 8 feet
- Tampa Bay and from the Anclote River to Venice: 3 to 5 feet
- Boca Raton to the Flagler/Volusia County Line: 2 to 4 feet
- The Anclote River to the Suwannee River: 3 to 6 feet
Want to know when the high tide will be in the affected areas? Look below and find out the predicted times for high tides that may bring flooding to your area. Here’s a look at the high tide times for Saturday and Sunday along the South Florida coast…
High Tide Times
- Virginia Key: Saturday 12:01 p.m.; Sunday 12:13 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.
- Lake Worth Pier: Saturday 10:54 a.m. and 11:11 p.m.; Sunday 11:45 a.m.
- Vaca Key: Saturday 4:59 p.m.; Sunday 4:43 a.m. and 5:49 p.m.
- Key West: Saturday 12:53 p.m.; Sunday 12:55 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
- Naples: Saturday 3:05 p.m.; Sunday 3:02 a.m. and 4:07 p.m.
- Ft. Myers: Saturday 6:57 p.m.; Sunday 6:42 a.m. and 7:57 p.m.
Want a better idea of when the hurricane will hit Florida? Is the term “Sunday morning” not good enough for you? Look below and look at a map, which shows the predicted time for when Irma will strike…
When Will Hurricane Irma Hit Florida?
By 8 A.M. Sunday morning, Hurricane Irma is predicted to hit Florida. Irma will first strike the Florida Keys, and within a few hours hit Miami. The exact time hasn’t been made available. Storms can be quite predictable. The National Weather Service provided a map giving rough estimates of the trajectory of the storm according to predicted time and path.
Irma is expected to hit central Florida by 8 AM Monday morning, which includes Orlando, according to the National Hurricane Service.
Look below for another map of Hurricane Irma’s path…