HOLT, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017 8 p.m.–Here’s a quick rundown of the advisories, warnings and a brief discussion on what’s happening with Irma.
Advisories: Okaloosa county and those west are under a wind advisory beginning at 1 p.m. through 7 p.m. Monday.
Warnings: Walton county is now under a tropical storm warning.
A tropical storm warning means tropical storm wind conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian Pass.
8 p.m. update
Irma has temporarily slowed down, but the hurricane has been moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph since earlier today.
A northwest motion is expected to begin tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday.
Irma’s core will continue to move near the north coast of Cuba during the next few hours, and should be near the Florida Keys Sunday morning.
The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.
Although Irma has weakened to a category three hurricane, the storm is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba and remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.
Hurricane conditions are expected in portions of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys beginning Sunday morning. Tropical storm and hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward across the remainder of the warning areas through Monday.
South Florida is already experiencing heavy squalls with embedded tornadoes.