'Record-breaking' force of Hurricane Irma captured in videos, photos

Jerome Frank
September 10, 2017

The Storm Surge Simulator allows you to enter an address or set a point on a map and choose a category of the hurricane to visualize possible storm surge impact.

A handful of National Weather Service offices in the central United States, including the office serving the Council Bluffs-Omaha metropolitan area, are playing a part in monitoring power-packed Hurricane Irma.

Governor of the USA state of Alabama Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency as Hurricane Irma is approaching, local media said.

Forecasters have known for days that Irma is going to turn northward toward the mainland US, but they did not know when exactly that would happen-and in this case the "when" makes all the difference for where the storm finally hits, what kind of damage it might do and the ability of officials to order evacuations as early as possible. Irma's wind field will expand when it moves up the Florida peninsula.

"It will rise through the atmosphere up to about 120,000 feet over the next hour or so and it's going to transmit data back to us through it's radio, the box we tied on to the balloon".

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The team at NWS has been launching additional weather balloons for the past few days. To get those updates, text WEATHER to 38470 and the National Weather Service will take it from there.

The National Weather Service operates a Facebook page where it typically provides insightful weather information.

Based on the current model, the storm will begin tracking north sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, sending the storm over land before heading up the coast, making landfall again between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Category 3 hurricane strength.

Irma might bring severe weather to Athens, but its effects might also be mild.

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