Hurricane Irma Saturday Evening Update

Posted September 03, 2017

The NHC's latest update is predicting Irma to fluctuate up and down in strength, but to remain a powerful storm through the weekend.

Hurricane Irma is forecast as a major hurricane - which indicates that it will have wind speeds of more than 110 miles per hour - as it approaches Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane Irma potential track area as of 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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Irma is predicted to reach the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

Irma doesn't get picked up by the upper trough/jet stream to the north and continues WNW with a possible southeast strike. Only 10 to 15 percent of hurricanes located where Irma is have struck the United States. The system was a strong tropical storm yesterday with winds around 70 miles per hour after sunrise.

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CBS Dallas / Fort Worth's meteorologist Jeff Jamison says computer models for Irma differ on where the storm makes landfall.

Any impacts to the US, if any, would be a full 10 to 11 days away, according to Dean.

After Tropical Storm Francis then Tropical Depression Harvey during the month of August, Hurricane Irma is making her way across the Atlantic on the first day of September, but not toward Mexico. Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 15 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles. It's too soon to tell how much rain and forecasters gave the system just a 20 percent chance of forming. In the NHC's advisory, analysts forecast the storm's path, but it could still change directions before Irma approaches land.

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