11 PM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a category 5 with winds of 160 mph. Irma is tracking west at 13 mph. The official forecast track has shifted further west in the latest advisory with a possible landfall in Lee county as a strong category 4 or low-end category 5 hurricane sometime Sunday. Because of this shift, the threat of hurricane force winds, storm surge and tornadoes has increased in Southwest Florida.
8 PM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma remains a strong category 4 with winds of 155 mph, moving west at 12 mph. No major changes. New track advisory at 11 pm.
5 PM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma remains a strong category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph. The official track has shifted further west and a landfalling category 4 or 5 hurricane is now projected by the National Hurricane Center in southern Collier County.
2 PM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma is now a little stronger with winds of 155 mph sustained. Irma is moving west at 14 mph. A new track advisory will be issued at 5 pm.
11 AM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma remains a strong category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph at the core. The movement is WNW at 14 mph. The official track from the National Hurricane Center has shifted further west in the latest advisory.
The Storm Surge Warning issued for coastal Collier through Bonita Beach has been extended northward to Venice to include coastal Charlotte, coastal Lee and inland Lee county.
8 AM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma continues to weaken, but still a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph sustained and gusts to 190. Irma is currently moving WNW at 16 mph through the central Bahamas and the northern coast of Cuba. Irma is currently 450 miles southeast of Miami.
Next full advisory, as well as any track updates, will be released at 11 AM.
5 AM FRIDAY UPDATE: Hurricane Irma weakens to a Category 4 storm with dangerous winds of 155 mph while moving through the southeast Bahamas.
Right now Irma is located about 495 miles southeast of Miami. Hurricane Warning is still in effect for Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties with a Hurricane Watch in place for Lee and Charlotte Counties.
On current track, SWFL will start feeling impacts from Irma on Saturday with the potential for hurricane-force winds across the area on Sunday.
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