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Irma remains Category 5, part of eye over Cuba

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The eye of Irma is moving over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane.

Maximum sustained winds remain 160 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center's 2 a.m. update. 

Hurricane Warnings are now extended northward along the Florida Peninsula. Much of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are now out of Irma's cone of uncertainty, but that track could still shift. 

On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near the north coast of Cuba today, near the Florida Keys Sunday morning, and then near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.

Forecasters say the massive hurricane will remain a Category 5 storm when it slams into the Florida Keys.

Irma has left a trail of devastation and death in much of the Caribbean as it advanced toward South Florida.

"Nowhere in the Florida Keys will be safe," the National Weather Service tweeted.

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Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say the storm will begin to turn north on Saturday as it passes Cuba then head toward the Keys and cities on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for inland Palm Beach County from Saturday evening through Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). Camaguey, Cuba, recently reported a wind gust of 70 mph (113 km/h).The estimated minimum central pressure is 930 mb (24.46 inches).

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Anclote River
  • Florida Keys
  • Tampa Bay

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of the Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Flagler/Volusia County line
  • North of Anclote River to Suwannee River

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Volusia/Brevard County Line southward around the Florida peninsula to Anclote River
  • Florida Keys
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Florida Bay
  • Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and Matanzas  
  • Central Bahamas and Ragged Island
  • Northwestern Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • North of the Volusia/Brevard County Line to Fernandina Beach
  • North and west of Anclote River to Indian Pass
  • Cuban provinces of Holguin and Las Tunas A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...  
  • Cuban provinces of Holguin, Las Tunas, La Habana, and Ciudad de la Habana

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Associated Press 2017

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