Hurricane Irma Packing 110 MPH Winds and Headed West Over Atlantic

Monday, 04 Sep, 2017

Hurricane-force winds extend outward from Irma up to 25 miles, but no coastal warnings are now in effect.

Hurricane Irma stands as a category 3 hurricane this morning with maximum sustained winds around 115 miles per hour. The latest forecast track has Irma continuing generally off towards the west over the next five days through the central Atlantic Ocean. The hurricane center said it is also monitoring a disturbance off the coast of Africa for potential storm formation.

According to a hurricane center briefing, Irma is expected to be near the Bahamas by late this week, but added that the uncertainty of the track for the southeastern U.S.is moderate to high.

No coastal watches or warnings have yet been issued for Irma, and it is not certain where or when it might make landfall.

The 11Alive StormTrackers are tracking yet another major hurricane.

"It is much too early to determine what direct impacts Irma will have on the continental United States".

As of Friday morning, Irma was located about 1,700 miles (2,725 km) east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h). This motion is expected to continue today, followed by a westward turn on Saturday, and a west-southwestward motion by Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 miles per hour (195 km/h) with higher gusts.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and those from tropical storms extend outward up to 140 miles. Forecaster should have a better idea by next week where the storm is going, once Irma moves father across the Atlantic. However, tropical-storm-force winds and very rough surf could start to show up over these islands during Tuesday.

Earlier this month, forecasters said the Atlantic hurricane season would be "above-normal", with 14 to 19 named storms ahead of the peak season.