Hurricane Irma made its first U.S. landfall in Cudjoe Key on Sunday morning, and continued to churn toward southwestern Florida, where it was expected to make a second landfall later in the day, although that was not entirely certain.
People on the western coast – in cities like Tampa, Naples, Fort Myers, and St. Petersburg in particular – were watching the forecasts with great concern, but the entire State of Florida, and later Georgia, were in peril from the massive storm, to differing degrees.
How can you track the storm in real time with maps, satellites, and the like?
Here are some of the best sites you can use to track Irma in real time:
National Hurricane Center & National Weather Service
These are the sites that the news media most heavily rely on, and it’s got constant updates on the storm. NHC also has updated satellite imagery. Here’s another look.
The National Weather Service also has a page with updated, thorough information on Irma. This is a great resource page from NWS that has a lot of real-time imagery, maps and the like. If you click on the “threats and impacts” tab, you can see maps you can customize for different areas of Florida to see local projections for things like wind speed and rainfall. Don’t forget to click on through the other tabs at the top of the page at that link, such as for satellites, if you are looking for real-time movement of the hurricane.
Here’s a real-time U.S. infrared.
You can also search for any community in the U.S. in the National Weather Service page and get updated real-time maps for the weather in the area. For example, here’s Tampa. Just enter city, state or zip code in the top left box.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some pretty stunning imagery of the storm. NOAA also has a data exploration tool. You can even map the historical tracks of all hurricanes here.
See colorized infrared images of the storm that you can update with your cursor.
The Weather Channel & CNN
The Weather Channel has an interactive hurricane tracking real-time map.
CNN has an Irmer tracker too.
Cyclocane & Weather Underground
Cyclocane has a lot of real-time maps including satellite and spaghetti models. The Cyclocane site will also give you data such as the storm’s current status.
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Weather Underground also offers a lot of real-time maps.
South Florida Waste Management District
This government site has a regularly updated spaghetti model of the storm’s path. See the map here.
UW-Madison & National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCAR’s Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project has a lot of real-time data and maps, including spaghetti models, here.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is also doing real-time tracking. Click on the yellow hurricane symbol for Irma to see more at this page.
Some local TV stations have live feeds you can watch. Here’s one.
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CBS Miami is live in the thick of things.