Did Palm Beach County get sustained hurricane winds?

The National Weather Service in Miami is pulling together data from Hurricane Irma, with teams in Naples today and Palm Beach County on Friday.

They’ll be looking for storm surge impacts, evidence of tornadoes, and wind speeds.

Many official NWS gauges failed during Irma, including those at the airports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.

But one held firm.

Palm Beach International Airport’s wind gauge continued to send signals throughout Hurricane Irma, giving forecasters valuable data on the storm’s reach.

Sustained winds at Palm Beach International reached 67 mph – that’s just 7 mph below hurricane force.

“Part of it is because the site is so close to the coast,” said Kevin Sharfenberg, a meteorologist and science officer at the National Weather Service in Miami. “There is no friction when the wind is coming in off the ocean.”

Here’s how Irma compared in early results with past storms at PBIA:

Storm / sustained winds /gusts

Irma, 67 mph, 91 mph

Wilma, 82 mph, 101 mph

Frances, 64 mph, 82 mph

Jeanne, n/a, 69 mph

The broken sign of the 7-11 on the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and South Congress Avenue is seen laying on the ground near the gas station in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

Scharfenberg said no where on the east coast that he is currently aware of received sustained hurricane-force winds.

Hurricane-force gusts were certainly felt though at many locations, including PBIA, which preliminary estimates put at 91 mph.

Here are some other early gust numbers:

To read the list below, the first entry would be 2 miles east-northeast of Naples felt a gust of 142 mph.

Location  / Speed
2 ENE Naples 142 MPH
1 E Marco Island 130 MPH
1 S Marco Island 129 MPH
2 SSW Quail Creek Estates 112 MPH
Fiddlers Creek 99 MPH
1 W Ochopee 96 MPH
8 SSE Key Biscayne 93 MPH
6 SSE Princeton 93 MPH
Ilnternational Airport 91 MPH
4 SSE Miami Beach 91 MPH
4 W Royal Palm Ranger 91 MPH
2 ESE Lake Worth 90 MPH
7 WNW Inlikita 90 MPH
6 SSW North Blocks Golde 89 MPH
2 ENE Lake Worth 89 MPH
Pompano Beach Airpark Airpor 87 MPH
2 SW Key Biscayne 87 MPH
2 NE Dania Beach 85 MPH
Juno Beach 84 MPH
2 E Liberty City 84 MPH
2 ESE Miramar 84 MPH
Naples 83 MPH
3 WNW Key Biscayne 82 MPH
1 NE Perrine 82 MPH
Dania Beach 81 MPH
3 SSW Miami Beach 79 MPH
1 E Dania Beach 79 MPH
1 NE Boca Raton 79 MPH
1 NNW Ocean Ridge 78 MPH
1 NNW Doral 77 MPH
2 SE Jupiter 77 MPH
Oasis Ranger Station 77 MPH
Opa Locka Airport 77 MPH
15 W Boca Raton Equestrian 76 MPH
1 S Ortona 75 MPH
1 SSE Riviera Beach 75 MPH
1 NW Miles City 75 MPH
Fort Lauderdale Executive Ai 74 MPH
11 SE Brighton Seminole 74 MPH
3 SW Brighton 73 MPH
5 E Okee Tantie Recreation A 73 MPH
10 WNW Pahokee 73 MPH
8 W Pahokee 71 MPH
2 N Key Biscayne 71 MPH
8 N Dade-collier Train 71 MPH
1 ENE Lely 71 MPH
1 NW Sunrise 70 MPH
2 ESE Fort Lauderdale 70 MPH
Coral Gables 69 MPH
1 E Sunrise 69 MPH
Sunrise 69 MPH
5 SW Rotenberger Wildlife Re 69 MPH
7 W Clewiston 68 MPH
2 WNW Coral Gables 68 MPH
5 SE North Blocks Golde 68 MPH
1 S North Miami Beach 68 MPH
2 NE Palm Springs 68 MPH
2 SSW Quail Creek Estate 68 MPH
9 SW Big Cypress Semino 68 MPH
Boynton Beach 67 MPH
4 NNW Boca Raton Equestrian 66 MPH
3 SE Belle Glade 65 MPH
2 WNW Inlikita 63 MPH
1 S Wilton Manors 63 MPH
3 WNW Hollywood 63 MPH
2 NNW Country Walk 63 MPH
3 NW Haverhill 62 MPH
2 NE Sweetwater 62 MPH
1 S Miami Beach 62 MPH
1 NNE Oakland Park 62 MPH
1 WNW Weston 61 MPH
1 WNW North Perry Airpor 61 MPH
2 E Miccosukee Indian 60 MPH
1 S Carol City 60 MPH
1 SW Tamarac 59 MPH
2 NW Howard 59 MPH
2 SSE Plantation 57 MPH
2 WSW Delray Beach 56 MPH
Big Cypress Semino 56 MPH
Buckhead Ridge 56 MPH
14 E Miccosukee Indian 56 MPH
North Lauderdale 56 MPH
1 N Greenacres City 55 MPH
1 SSW Tamarac 55 MPH
1 WNW Plantation 55 MPH
Coconut Creek 55 MPH
Pompano Beach 54 MPH
Plantation 54 MPH
3 NNW Brighton Seminole 54 MPH
Jupiter 54 MPH
1 S Liberty City 54 MPH
2 SW North Perry Airpor 53 MPH
1 E Coral Gables 53 MPH
2 SSE Doral 53 MPH
1 SW Cooper City 53 MPH
1 NW Miami 53 MPH
1 SSE Liberty City 53 MPH
2 WSW Jupiter 53 MPH
1 SE Redland 52 MPH
1 W Coral Springs 52 MPH
2 W Miami 52 MPH
1 NNE Miami 52 MPH
2 NE Cooper City 52 MPH
2 ESE Belle Glade 50 MPH

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