Hurricane Irma Looking To Attend Homestead-Miami Speedway In Advance Of NASCAR Race

National Hurricane Center

By Jerry Jordan, Editor
Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, a new storm, Hurricane Irma, is set to impact southern Florida within days, which has put Homestead-Miami Speedway on alert.

Reached by email, on Tuesday, Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Communication Director Neal Gulkis, said the facility has a storm response plan in place and has begun implementing procedures to protect the track.

“We are monitoring this storm very closely and will continue to do so,” Gulkis said. “We have begun preliminary precautions from a facility standpoint in accordance with our hurricane preparedness plan, and will adjust those preparations if it becomes necessary. While it is still early to predict the exact track of the storm, our team has prepared extensively for weather systems such as this and our emergency safety procedures are in place.”

The track is going through its safety procedures in advance of what has become the most-powerful storm on record, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm already made landfall, impacting the islands of St. Barts and St. Eustatious damaging a weather station in Barbuda.

“Maximum sustained winds remain near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts,” states the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center at 8 a.m. “Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km). A wind gust to 90 mph (146 km/h) was recently on the island of St. Eustatius located south of the eye of Irma. A NOAA National Ocean Service station on Barbuda reported sustained winds of 118 mph (190 km/h) with a gust to 155 mph (249 km/h) before the instrument failed earlier this morning.”

This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wraps up its regular season at Richmond International Raceway and prepares for the final 10-race playoff series that culminates at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

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