Mike Linden's Forecast | Irma lurches closer toward the U.S. as major category 5 storm
"Summer" rolls on in NEPA with another dose of wet weather as Hump Day rounds out as a washout for most. The rain hasn't come in buckets but it's been an ugly, overcast day in Pennsylvania with showers likely to hang around into the evening hours.
Most will see the showers diminish by 8:00-9:00 or so but we may still see a few lingering, pesky showers into the late night hours. The wet weather will pick into Thursday morning but end much earlier in the day (around 4:00-5:00 or so). All in all, the weather in Pennsylvania continues to run cooler than normal as the official start to Fall (September 22nd) is right around the corner.
Now, onto Irma...
Irma remains at a Category 5 with estimated wind speeds at 185 mph. The benchmark for Category 5 is 156 mph, just to put that into perspective. Irma already ranks as one of the strongest storms EVER recorded in the Atlantic and the Caribbean and the United States are unfortunately in her path. The National Hurricane Center has forecast for Irma to move toward south Florida by early Sunday morning but a landfall is still not 100% hammered down yet; it's going to be a close call.
Do not get it twisted...wherever Irma makes landfall will not be pretty.