Sebastian, Vero Beach Residents Watching Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is quickly gaining strength as it moves closer towards Sebastian and Vero Beach.
Hurricane Irma is quickly gaining strength as it moves closer towards Sebastian and Vero Beach. (Photo: NOAA)

SEBASTIAN – Hurricane Irma is expected to become a major storm in the Atlantic as the latest spaghetti models show it could head towards Sebastian and Vero Beach, or other parts of Florida, or move into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Irma is still very far away in the eastern Atlantic, about 3,000 miles from Sebastian and Vero Beach.

We don’t want to scare, we just want people to be aware. As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday, European models show this storm taking a path into the Gulf. The GFS Tropical Model puts the storm north past Florida.

Residents in Sebastian and Vero Beach woke up to the news that Irma developed from a tropical storm into a hurricane in less than 24 hours.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is already a Category 2 hurricane, expecting to become a Category 4 on a track that would take it into the path of islands in the Caribbean by early next week.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph. This general motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a westward motion on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph with higher gusts.

The latest Hurricane Irma spaghetti models puts Sebastian and Vero Beach in its path.
The latest Hurricane Irma spaghetti models puts Sebastian and Vero Beach in its path.

Irma strengthening so quickly that it is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days.

In its path could be Sebastian and Vero Beach, but there are several things in the weather that can send Irma into the Gulf.

It’s too early to tell if this storm is a threat to Indian River County, and we probably won’t know until later next week.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.