11 PM UPDATE: Manatee, Sarasota counties under hurricane watch, South Florida under hurricane warning

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Irma is not losing any steam. The monster hurricane is still maintaining 165 mph winds as it moves closer to the Bahamas after killing at least 10 people in the Caribbean.

“The 11 p.m. advisory for Irma keeps it as a major hurricane before landfall and a Category 3 storm near Lake Okeechobee on Sunday evening,” said Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve.

The storm is now about 585 miles from Miami, moving at 16 mph.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, Highlands and DeSoto counties.

A storm surge warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as the Florida Keys. A warning has also been issued from Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Venice.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued from Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach, as well as the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay.

“It’s remarkable. Usually storms don’t maintain this kind of strength for a long period of time or stay that organized, but there hasn’t been any land interaction. The conditions are right. The sea surface temperatures are warm. The upper level winds are not providing a lot of wind shear. Unfortunately, it’s kind of a perfect storm that way.”

Hurricane and storm surge watches are in effect for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys.  

The government of the Dominican Republic has discontinued the Hurricane Warning east of Cabo Frances Viejo and the Tropical Storm Warning for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.

 

HURRICANE IRMA COVERAGE –

BE HURRICANE-READY WITH STORM TEAM 8

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s