Hurricane Irma's forecast continued its westward trend late Thursday. The National Hurricane Center adjusted its forecaste 'cone of uncertainty' late Thursday night to include more of Georgia and less of the Carolinas.
As of 11p, Hurricane Irma remained a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 165 mph. The storm remained off the northern Haitian coast as it moved west at 16 mph. It remained 585 miles from the shorelines of Miami.
The storm's impact on southern Florida is all but guaranteed. Earlier Thursday, Hurricane Warnings were posted for all of southern Florida with a Hurricane Watch extending northward towards Tampa and Melbourne.
Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma is expected to turn northward somewhere near southern Florida. It still remained unclear whether the storm's inner eye would pass directly over Florida - or just off its western or eastern shorelines. Regardless, Hurricane Irma is expected to bring devastating storm surge, flooding, winds and rain to Florida. The storm will also carry a risk for tornadic spin-ups.
Come Monday, the storm is expected to be moving northward. Exactly where the storm will be located by next week is unknown. A forecast that early Thursday extended as far west as Athens, Georgia and as far east as Raleigh, North Carolina, now stretches from Alabama to South Carolina, and as far north as Tennessee.
There is still plenty of time for the forecast track to move again.Residents in North Carolina, and all along the Southeast, are reminded to monitor changing forecasts. Even communities who are not in the direct path of Hurricane Irma, will likely see gusty winds, rain and the chance for isolated tornadoes.
While the worst of Hurricane Irma's damage is expected in Florida and along other coastal communities she may impact, inland residents are advised to stock up on food, water, batteries and other necessary supplies just in case the storm knocks out power for an extended period of time.
The National Hurricane Center will issue an update on Hurricane Irma's real-time conditions at 2a. A full update, including any possible changes to her forecast cone, will be issued at 5a Friday. The same will then happen at 8a and 11a.
The Carolina Weather Group will continue to provide updates on the storm. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Youtube or Twitter's Periscope to watch real-time updates from North Carolina and South Carolina officials. We'll also be posting video forecasts and updates on the storm as conditions warrant.