Irma track shifts east after storm passes over St. Martin


It will likely be the end of the week before it reaches the area around Cuba, but the track of Hurricane Irma has shifted east.

What that means is that impacts in Charleston are looking more likely. The storm is still a Category 5 after passing over St. Martin., and it has maintained its strength.

There are still things that could change the path of the storm and still several days before it would become a concern to the mainland of the United States.

How the storm interacts with the islands in the Caribbean and any potential interaction with the coast of Florida could impact the track and strength of the storm.

In the Facebook video below (mobile app users click here) ABC News 4 meteorologist Emily Gracey explains this latest shift of the storm and recent models.

Local governments have already begun to prepare for a change in emergency status. Berkeley County, Dorchester County and Charleston County planned to switch to OPCON 4 at noon Wednesday.

Isle of Palms and Folly Beach began to alert residents Tuesday and urged those living or vacationing in the area to stay informed.

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