Irma forecast to make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane

(CNN) - National Hurricane Center is predicting Irma will strengthen into a Category 5 hurricane through the Florida Keys.

Only three other Category 5 hurricanes have hit the US: The so-called "Labor Day" hurricane in 1935, Camille in 1969, Andrew in 1992.

It's still a Category 4 right now — but that's still dangerous.

"THIS IS AS REAL AS IT GETS," the National Weather Service in Key West tweeted. "NOWHERE IN THE KEYS WILL BE SAFE."

Tampa is now under a storm surge watch

A new advisory from the National Hurricane Center puts part of Florida's west coast — from Venice to the Anclote River — on a storm surge watch. The region includes the Tampa Bay area.

On the east coast, storm surge watches run now include the Ponce Inlet to the Flagler County-Volusia County line.


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