Irma has prompted alerts for the entire state of Florida plus parts of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
As it struck Cuba, it’s overall movement slowed a bit (out of the teens, now moving only 7 mph).
Tonight it is expected to begin it’s turn to the north and to strengthen again as it moves over more warm ocean water.
As it moves out of the Florida peninsula into the continental United States, it will likely weaken faster since the land cuts off the energy source (warm ocean water).
Effects felt here in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will be minimal and won’t arrive until the middle of next week.