THIS AFTERNOON: It's quiet across much of the United States as we all await Irma moving inland around Florida this weekend. There are a few showers out west from Nevada and Arizona up to Idaho. They sure could use a lot of rain over the massive wildfires. If there weren't other natural disasters the fires would probably be all you'd hear about. It is terrible across much of the west, with air quality alerts in gray over most of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Around our area it's in the 80s this afternoon. Nice weather is in store for Friday night football games, dropping into the 70s by 8 p.m., upper 60s by 10 p.m., mostly clear with the SE wind diminishing.
WEEKEND: Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a lot of sun. Mornings in the upper 50s, afternoons in the mid 80s.
NEXT WEEK: It'll gradually warm some, though today's data has cooled the next few days off a degree or two. We should get closer to 90 by Tuesday, with it getting a little warmer by late next week. The average high tomorrow in Lubbock is 87, dropping to 85 by Wednesday. So next week's warmth will be slightly above average, which is welcome news for ag producers. The air will get more humid late next week. That's when maybe we could see at least a little rain in the region, but there's nothing significant at this point.
TROPICS: There are still hurricanes across the Gulf and Atlantic this afternoon.
Katia has strengthened to a category 2. It'll move SW into Mexico.
Jose is up to category 4.
Of course the focus is on Irma. This remains a dangerous hurricane. The early afternoon advisory has max sustained wind at 155mph, minimum pressure at 925mb. As of 1 p.m. CDT it was 380 miles SE of Miami, moving W at 14mph.
Hurricane warnings are up across the Bahamas, northern Cuba and south Florida. Tropical storm-force wind is expected in south Florida early Saturday morning.
Landfall itself, with the incredible wind, will be early Sunday. Unlike Harvey, this will not sit somewhere for days. It'll continue moving north into the Southeastern United States. While we have the quiet weather it is going to be a bad weekend, and for some, bad for a long time, for some in the Southeast.
EMS reports the driver suffered critical injuries, while LPD investigators report the wounds are non-incapacitating.
Rolling out the red carpet for some A-listers from Washington D.C. President Trump's Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, House Chairman of the Agriculture Committee and Midland Congressman Mike Conaway, and Senator Ted Cruz yielded their time for the hard-working in this region.
There's a new initiative involving dozens of service organizations to fight homelessness in the South Plains. The South Plains Homeless Consortium kicked off a 100 day challenge to improve local services.
Westminster Presbyterian Church and Rise Against Hunger are combining forces to end world hunger. These two organizations will be packaging meals for people suffering from chronic hunger and these meals will be sent around the world.
ABC Rodeo presented a check to the Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock. The organization receives a donation annually from the proceeds from the ABC Pro Rodeo and this year marks the 75th time.
Teammates from Texas Tech men's basketball visited Dunbar College Prep Academy as part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches "Stay in to Win" program.
Storms expected to stick around for a while with a big cool down. FOX34 VIPIR radar and the details in the Weather Blog.
It's the first day of fall and the 100th first day of the South Plains Fair. The century old event attracts thousands of Lubbockites to the fairgrounds each year. The Lubbock Police Department wants folks to be aware of some basic safety tips.
The State Bar of Texas honored two Lubbock attorneys, Carolyn F. Moore and C. Richard "Dick" Baker for outstanding service in the legal profession.
The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.