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11 pm UPDATE: Hurricane Watches in Effect for Big Bend and South Georgia

Irma Forecast track (11pm 09/09/2017)
Irma Advisory 11pm 09/09/2017)
Local Warnings from Irma 11 pm 9/9/2017
Irma Advisory 11pm 09/09/2017)
Posted at 7:40 AM, Sep 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-09 23:43:37-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The forecast path for Hurricane Irma continues to shift west, covering more of North Florida and South Georgia. Chances of encountering worsening weather continue to grow across the entire local area.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a HURRICANE WARNING and a TROPICAL STORM WARNING for parts of North Florida and South Georgia.

Warnings are issued when the related weather conditions are LIKELY in a given area within a 36 hour time-frame.

As of the 11:00pm ET advisory, Hurricane Irma is a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 mph moving at 6 mph to the WNW. The current forecast models are showing this storm having the potential of either going over the peninsula of Florida, hugging the west coast, or going over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The next 24 hours will prove crucial in determining Irma's impacts on the Florida peninsula and its possible strength once it reaches northern Florida and Georgia Monday.

The WTXL First Alert Weather team is on duty throughout the course of this tropical weather situation.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch Weather NOW channel 27.3 (Comcast channel 209 in most areas) for frequent updates and fresh forecast information.