SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A special report came down at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 5th 2017, from the National Hurricane Center.
It read "hurricane Irma had grown into a monster storm with winds measuring 175 mph and gusts as high as 220 making it an extremely dangerous Cat. 5 storm". At that time it was 280 miles ESE of Barbuda an Island which would soon take the full force of this incredible storm.
Irma would stay a category 5 storm for a whopping 3 straight days and a major hurricane for over 8.
By 2 a.m. on the 6th of Sept. 2017 the eye moved right over the top of Barbuda destroying almost everything in its path.
The forecast path at the time from many models showed it continuing on that westerly course and then heading right into Florida in about 5 days.
Almost every reliable model had it impacting Florida one way or another at that time. People in Florida were starting to worry, with good cause. The storm would eventually knock out power to 60% of the homes in Sunshine State.
More to follow......