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National Weather Service in Amarillo Gathering Crucial Data to Track Hurricane Irma

10 September 2017

In an updated forecast discussion issued at 3:38 a.m. Friday, meteorologists said the remnants of Irma should be deflected to our southwest and west Tuesday into Wednesday of next week.

While Hurricane Irma has devastated the Caribbean and forecasters are indicating Florida is the storm's next stop, Virginia's forecast is looking better.

Although state-of-the-art satellites do continuously monitor that bigger weather picture, they measure things such as wind and water vapor indirectly, based on the wavelengths of light they detect, so they are not as accurate as direct measurements, says Sim Aberson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Research Division.

Most models now show Irma tracking along Florida's east coast, but it's still possible Irma could track along the western coast of Florida, which would likely bring more severe weather to Athens when it reaches this area, Knox said.

Now with advanced technology the National Weather Service says they are staying ahead of the storm keeping people out of harm's way.

Here is the latest map for Irma's predicted path from the National Hurricane Center.

The state of emergency helps the commonwealth prepare for potential in-state emergencies, as well as help other surrounding states, the release said.

Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Friday morning, but that's still a risky storm capable of causing widespread and severe damage.

But it still could pack enough wind and rain to drench Athens, with possible flooding and gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Slow-moving Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on some parts of Texas. "The effects of this aren't really going to be that bad for eastern Virginia".

Category 5 storms have sustained winds - at least a minute - of 252 km/h or higher.