Topeka meteorologists helping to predict Hurricane Irma

Publix Bakery has prepared this bespoke cake as Hurricane Irma heads towards the east coast urging the storm to'go away

Publix Bakery has prepared this bespoke cake as Hurricane Irma heads towards the east coast urging the storm to'go away

Every six hours this week, in a bit of meteorological choreography, dozens of National Weather Service (NWS) offices have been releasing weather balloons in unison.

Irma tracking map as of 5 a.m.

So far, Irma is being shoved westward by a high-pressure area over the western Atlantic.

"This fetch will likely lead to coastal flooding, especially during each high tide Monday".

A little more than a week after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has already ravaged parts of the Caribbean and seems to be on course for the Southeast U.S.

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for several southeastern Alabama counties and a tropical storm watch for several other counties in eastern Alabama. However, there is a possibility that more rain could fall given all the variables in play.

The top of the cake resembles a weather map such as this. Irma is currently pounding Turks in Caicos with some of the strongest winds that any of the islands have seen yet

Black Creek at Quinby is the only Pee Dee river expected to have problems with the rainfall and it is forecast to reach minor flood stage on Wednesday.

As the storm intensifies and moves toward Florida, National Weather Service offices in the Midwest, like in International Falls, have been launching twice as many weather balloons as normal.

The National Weather Service operates a Facebook page where it typically provides insightful weather information.

Forecasters have also enlarged the area that will have an increased chance of tornadoes to include much of the Pee Dee Sunday and much of SC east of Lancaster and Richland Counties on Monday.

"Jose's swells will last longer since it is forecast to meander around the Atlantic - likely keeping the rip current risk high for our beaches through the upcoming week", Pffaf said by email.

NHC on Irma: 'Too soon to specify timing and magnitude of impact'
At 10 p.m., Irma was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour and that motion was expected to continue Wednesday and Thursday. Hurricane Irma is a very real, powerful Category 5 storm that could soon target the Caribbean islands and South Florida .

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