WELCOME BACK TO CBS4’S CONTINUING COVERAGE OF HURRICANE IRMA. IT IS MARCHING TOWARDS THE STATE OF FLORIDA. I AM ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ . I AM WITH VANESSA BORGE . WE HAVE A NEW ADVISORY SO LET’S HEAD OVER TO METEOROLOGIST CRAIG SETZER . I WILL TOUCH BRIEFLY ON WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE WEATHER. HERE IS THE LATEST RADAR. YOU ARE LOOKING AT A CORNER OF THE INFLUENCE OF IRMA. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE PRESSURE GRADING START TO INCREASE. THE SHOWERS ARE NOT MOVING TOO FAST. THESE ARE MOVING FASTER, AND THESE MOVING EVEN FASTER AT 50- 60 MILES PER HOUR. AS THIS UNFOLDS, THIS GETS CLOSER AND CLOSER. THESE BANDS KEEP COMING THROUGH. EVENTUALLY WE SEE A BIT OF A CIRCLE AND THAT WILL BE THE EYE WALL SHOWING UP ON THE RADAR IN MIAMI. THE STORM IS STILL ABOUT 300 MILES AWAY. WITH US CATCHING IT ALREADY HERE, FROM A RADAR PERSPECTIVE, YOU CAN SEE HOW BIG THE STORM IS. THE HEAVIEST WEATHER RIGHT NOW COMING ONTO MIAMI BEACH AND THE UPPER KEYS. THAT IS MOVING ON OUT. THE WINDS ARE BEGINNING TO BLOW A LITTLE HARDER. THESE IRON — THESE ARE THE HIGHER WINDS. THE SITES HAVE A MARK ON A VERY SHALLOW SPOT OFFSHORE. THIS ONE IS EIGHT MILES SOUTHEAST OF KEY BISCAYNE. MOLASSES REEF IS NEAR KEY LARGO. THOSE ARE OUT OVER THE WATER. SO IF THE WIND PICKS UP, THESE WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WIND CLOSE TO THE COAST. ONCE YOU GET INLAND, THE WINDS DROP OFF. HERE IS THE GRAND BAHAMA TWO- HOUR NORTHEAST, WINDS OUT OF THE EAST NORTHEAST AT 25 GUSTING UP TO 31. DEERFIELD BEACH GUSTING UP TO 41. FOWEY ROCKS, SOUTHEAST OF KEY BISCAYNE GUSTING UP TO 32 MILES PER HOUR RIGHT NOW. THIS IS WHERE IT IS HEADING. IT IS CREEPING TO THE WEST. THE STORM IS MOVING LAST AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE INCREASING FASTER THAN THOSE NUMBERS. CHECK OUT THAT VALUE RIGHT THERE. THAT IS THE DIRECTION THE STORM IS HEADING, SLIGHTLY NORTH AND WEST. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER IT WILL MAKE ENOUGH OF A TURN TO AVOID THE CORE OF CUBA. RIGHT NOW IT IS VERY CLOSE. PART OF THE COURT IS ON SHORE IN CUBA RIGHT NOW. IT COULD BE VERY BAD FOR CUBA. 315 MILES NOW SOUTHEAST OF MIAMI, FLORIDA. WINDS AT 155 MILES PER HOUR THIS IS THE TIMEFRAME AT 2:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY. THIS STORM IS NEARLY AT A CATEGORY 5 RIGHT NOW. BY 2:00 A.M. IT WILL BE A CATEGORY 5. THIS IS A VERY STRONG CATEGORY 4 STORM RIGHT NOW. IT’S NOT A GREAT BIG LEAP INTO CATEGORY 5 AT THIS POINT FOR US. BUT THE IMPLICATION IS SIGNIFICANT AND SEVERE. THE LAST — I MISSPOKE EARLIER. CAT 5 DO HAPPENED OVER THE OCEAN. BUT NOT THAT OFTEN ON LAND. THERE WAS A GREAT HURRICANE IN 1935 WHEN A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE WENT ACROSS THE MIDDLE AND UPPER KEYS AND OBLITERATED IT. I AM TRYING TO GET PHOTOGRAPHS OF THAT. EVERYTHING WAS LEANING DOWN AFTERWARDS. A MAN IN 2011 HAD PICTURES AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES SHOWING A TRAIN THAT THEY SENT DOWN BACKWARDS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO TURN IT AROUND. THE WATER PUSHED THAT TRAIN OFF THE TRACKS. THE PEOPLE IN THE TRAIN CARS THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO RESCUE HAD TO STAND ON TOP OF THE CHAIRS IN THE TRAIN FOR SEVERAL HOURS UNTIL THAT STORM SURGE STARTED TO GO DOWN. THE WAY THEY WARN PEOPLE IN 1935 WAS TO TAKE AN AIRPLANE AND TO DROP BANNERS SAYING HURRICANE WARNING. THAT IS THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS EVENT. WHETHER IT IS CATEGORY 5 OR A HIGH CATEGORY 4, IT WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT EVENT. THIS IS 2:00 P.M. SUNDAY NOW. THIS IS NOT GETTING ANY CLOSER AND IT’S NOT GETTING ANY FARTHER AWAY AT THIS POINT. THERE ARE MANY POSSIBILITIES. THESE MODELS ARE TRENDING A LITTLE BIT TO THE WEST. NEW MODELS WILL BE COMING IN SOON. I WILL BE SHARING THOSE WITH YOU. WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THESE TRENDS VERY CLOSELY. AGAIN IT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT THREAT FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTHERN