Be sure and read the extensive report at The Conservative Treehouse (Last Refuge). Sundance has done a fine job covering all the bases, and has extensive knowledge of on-the-ground experience with hurricanes, and recovery operations following major hurricanes in Florida in past years. He has a vested interest in getting this right, as he, his family and their home are in jeopardy. The latest:
The 11:00am Hurricane Center Update shows a slightly weaker Hurricane Irma, with continued likely forecasts slightly West of central Florida. Mandatory evacuations of barrier islands are now underway on both coasts. Irma has the potential to be a topography changing event for the Southwest coast line of Florida.
At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 22.0 North, longitude 75.3 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or so with a decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.