Weather Watch­ers Warn Of Im­pend­ing Hur­ri­cane’s Ef­fects

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Two Good­man

emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cials are urg­ing McDon­ald County neigh­bors to keep abreast of im­pend­ing Hur­ri­cane

Irma’s di­rec­tion.

Two Good­man Emer­gency Man­age­ment of­fi­cials are urg­ing McDon­ald County neigh­bors to keep abreast of im­pend­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma’s di­rec­tion.

On Tues­day night, Good­man Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor De­nis Kolb and As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Keith Koh­ley said they are ac­tively track­ing Irma’s devel­op­ing path.

Sev­eral mod­els are pre­dict­ing dif­fer­ent paths. Al­though a great deal can change in com­ing days, the Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter is pre­dict­ing that Hur­ri­cane Irma — now at a Cat­e­gory 5 — will hit the tip of Florida on Sun­day morn­ing at a Cat­e­gory 4.

Weather of­fi­cials pre­dict that Irma will take a path be­tween there and Cuba. From there, pre­dic­tions of the route vary.

Kolb and Koh­ley be­lieve the hur­ri­cane, which is track­ing west to northwest, could travel into the Gulf of Mex­ico. If so, the hur­ri­cane could re-strengthen be­cause of the Gulf’s warm wa­ters.

The hur­ri­cane’s di­rec­tion will be im­pacted by move­ment of the cur­rent high pres­sure ridge, Koh­ley said.

The two have been track­ing weather con­di­tions for years and have tracked sev­eral hur­ri­canes. Though McDon­ald County will not ex­pe­ri­ence any rain from Irma, neigh­bors will feel the im­pact in their pock­et­books.

“The rain won’t hit us,” Koh­ley said, “but the eco­nomic im­pact will.”

Kolb be­lieves gas prices will spike tremen­dously if Hur­ri­cane Irma hits the Gulf.

Both of­fi­cials urge neigh­bors to keep track of the weather, and to fill up their cars be­fore gas prices in­crease.

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