Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 3; Impact on United States unclear

Monday, 04 Sep, 2017

Irma is now located about 1300 miles east of the Leeward Islands, and is moving west at 14 mph.

Hurricane Irma may be 2,500 miles away from the USA and a week away from possibly impacting the nation but it's worth watching.

Hurricane Irma stands as a category 3 hurricane this morning with maximum sustained winds around 115 miles per hour.

Hurricane Irma is back to a risky Category 3 storm, but the spaghetti models continue to show a path off the coast of Sebastian and Vero Beach.

Despite Irma's intensity forecast, it's a cyclone we won't have to worry about for some time.

Irma was a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour on Saturday morning, which is down from 120 miles per hour on Friday. The hurricane center said it is also monitoring a disturbance off the coast of Africa for potential storm formation. Irma is expected to strengthen heading into the middle of next week to a possible Category 4 storm.

Irma isn't the only thing to watch on Saturday in the Atlantic.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km).

On Sunday, the Hurricane Center said Irma was nearly 1,000 miles east of the Caribbean Sea and heading west-southwest at about 15 mph. Maximum wind speed was recorded at 115 miles per hour. No warnings or watches are in effect yet, but the hurricane center has advised those in the Leeward Islands to begin monitoring the progress of the storm. However, the NHC does recommend that anyone in hurricane prone areas keep an eye on the system, and ensure that they have their hurricane plans ready.

Currently, Irma is very powerful but very small, but is expected to increase in the coming days, according NHC prediction models.

Hurricane forecaster Dan Brown cautioned, "Don't infer too much from where the end of the cone is pointed".