UPDATED 3:45pm Saturday NZT — Hurricane Irma is skirting north Cuba with the eye making landfall there a short time ago – incredibly, the interaction with Cuba has not weakened the system with Irma also regaining power back to Category 5, as we mentioned this morning.
Irma is expected to slam Cuba for the rest of today, before heading into more open waters on Sunday NZT. Overnight Sunday NZT and across Monday and Tuesday (and perhaps Wednesday) we expect Hurricane Irma to be hitting Florida and then other US States as it finally starts to fall apart over land.
*Earlier story from 6:41am below via CNN…
Hurricane Irma began battering parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday afternoon after leaving a trail of devastation in the Caribbean, while an anxious South Florida and Miami prepared for what could be a major hit by the weekend.