Hurricane Irma: Timeline of what to expect as storm moves into Southwest Florida today

Chad Gillis
The News-Press
Forecast cone of Hurricane Irma as of 5 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Bands of rain from Hurricane Irma have moved into the area, and tropical storm force winds will be here soon. 

Winds of 40 mph and more are moving into South Florida and the Naples area. 

  • Naples: A storm surge of 11 to 15 feet is expected, along with stop speeds of 130 mph. Conditions have already worsened there, and hurricane force winds are expected throughout the afternoon. Tropical storm force winds are expected to move out of the Naples area by Monday morning. 
  • Fort Myers: Storm surge here will be 9 to 15 feet with tropical storm force winds starting this morning. Winds of 50 to 70 mph are possible later this morning, and hurricane force winds (74 mph and above) will hit the area this afternoon as Irma moves north. The maximum sustained wind speed is predicted to be 80 to 100  mph, according to the National Weather Service. Tropical storm force winds will move out of the Fort Myers area by 10 a.m on noon. 
  • Sarasota: A storm surge of 5 to 10 feet is expected with tropical storm conditions moving into the area around noon today. Sarasota will see hurricane force winds from late afternoon until about 2:30 a.m. Maximum sustained winds are expected to be 75 to 95 mph. 
  • Tampa: Irma will bring hurricane conditions to Tampa around 7:30 p.m., and those will last until 4 a.m. Monday. Maximum winds there are expected to be 75 to 95 mph winds with a storm surge of 5 of 8 feet. 

Chances of rain today are 100 percent according to various weather forecast outlets. 

The eye of the Category 4 storm is moving over the Florida Keys now and is expected to move north soon, toward the Marco Island area. 

Some models show Irma making landfall in Collier County while others show the storm staying slightly off the coast of Southwest Florida and making landfall in the Tampa area. 

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