DIRECT HIT -- 48 HOURS AWAY -- MIAMI IN BULLSEYE
Hurricane Irma tightened her grip on South Florida early Friday, becoming overnight what everyone has long dreaded: a monster hurricane bearing down on Miami and a coast with 6 million people.
Reliable forecast models projecting the storm’s path predictably began to agree on a final, fateful track, with a direct hit along the south coast Sunday, although any wobble at this point could still change the storm’s course. At two days, forecasts still have an 80 to 90-mile margin of error, National Hurricane Center forecaster Mike Brennan said.
Irma is heading west and should continue moving in that direction over the next 24 to 36 hours, forecasters said early Friday, with hurricane conditions in the Keys and mainland starting Saturday night. Tropical storm-force winds should start in the morning.
Irma was located just under 450 miles southeast of Miami at 8 a.m., forecasters said.