Tracking Hurricane Irma- Chief Meteorologist John Farley’s Update

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Chief Meteorologist John Farley is tracking Hurricane Irma and the potential impact the storm could have on South Carolina, and the Midlands.

Watch his update here.

Hurricane Irma (ABC News)–

Wednesday afternoon, the Category 5 storm dubbed “extremely dangerous” by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), was battering the Caribbean, destroying about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on Barbuda, officials said.

The storm has sustained winds of 185 mph and even higher gusts.

In St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, at least two people died and at least two others were seriously wounded, according to a spokesperson for France’s ministry for its overseas territories.

On Sunday morning, Irma is expected to approach just south of Miami as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. Forecasts show Irma weakening to a Category 3 hurricane near Daytona Beach on Monday morning.

The storm is expected to then move up the Florida coast as a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph.

Georgia and South Carolina are in the northern edge of the forecast cone as well.