Irma is expected to impact the northeastern Leeward Islands by the middle of this week as a major hurricane, accompanied by unsafe wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts, along with rough surf and rip currents.
Hurricane Irma continues on its journey toward the Caribbean and is expected to make a turn toward the west, followed by a turn toward the south-west on Saturday.
At that rate, Irma wouldn't be near the islands until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Irma is expected to become a hurricane Thursday, and eventually a major hurricane by Sunday.
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.
Feltgen also said that Irma is a useful reminder that we are in the peak of hurricane season, and that as such, people in hurricane prone areas should be prepared, just in case. Hurricane Watches have been issued by the governments of Antigua, the Netherlands and France for for the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin and Saint Barthelemy.
Hurricane Irma is way out in the Atlantic and it's no threat to land anytime soon. A major hurricane is defined as a storm with wind speeds of more than 110 miles per hour.
Irma is forecast to move over slightly warmer in the coming days.
There are some long-range global forecast models that take this storm well into the western Atlantic by the middle of next week - close to Puerto Rico - while other models show a more northward turn. Its maximum sustained winds had increased to near 110 miles per hour.
The center of Hurricane Irma is approximately 1780 miles east of the Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds increasing to 115 miles per hour.
As per meteorologists, it is too early to predict whether Hurricane Irma will have any effect on Florida or the Gulf of Mexico.
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