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Omaha tracking Irma with balloons

Posted at 6:15 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 19:15:29-04

The National Weather Service is releasing hydrogen filled balloons every six hours to take snaps shots of the atmosphere and track Irma's path.

"It will be a major hurricane and those in the path should take necessary precautions"

Although the Omaha area will not feel the impact of Irma, meteorologist say Omaha’s weather will play a role in Irma’s path.

"Our systems are going to impact the path that Irma takes."

"Our weather system could have an exact impact on people in Florida, Georgia and even the Carolinas.”

So the National Weather Service is releasing balloons to help produce more accurate models.

"The pressure in the center of the eye and wind speeds puts Irma in the top five strongest hurricanes in the history of the Atlantic basin."

The last time Florida saw a category five hurricane was Andrew in 1992, but meteorologist predict Irma will be even stronger. 

"Millibars deeper than hurricane Andrew’s, and the wind speeds are about 20 miles per hour stronger."

Andrew had wind speeds of 165 mph while Irma is expected to have 185 mph winds.

"For local people if you're considering traveling to the south east part of the United States into Florida, Georgia, or the Carolinas, you may want to rethink that.”

“That will give folks the chance to evacuate if needed."

Now with advanced technology the National Weather Service says they are staying ahead of the storm keeping people out of harm’s way. 

"We get a better idea of what the storm is capable of, and we can tell people what safety precautions to take."

Meteorologist in Omaha say advanced technology since Andrew in 1992 has given them the opportunity to monitor the storm more closely and frequently.