Hurricane Irma now Category 3 storm, forecast to be ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Irma heightened Thursday into a Category 3 thunderstorm with 115 mph sustained wind gusts and is forecast to be an “extremely dangerous” storm for the next various days, according to the National Hurricane Middle.

In its 5 p. m. OU advisory, the NHC said the particular storm was located over the Far eastern Atlantic Ocean, about 720 kilometers west of the Cabo Verde Island destinations, moving west-northwest at 12 with.  

“Fluctuations in strength, both down and up, are possible, but Irma will be expected to remain a powerful hurricane for many days, ” the advisory read through.

Previously in the day, the weather service mentioned Irma is expected to be “an extremely dangerous hurricane for the following several days, ”  and is prediction to become a category 4 storm eastern of the Leeward Islands in the Carribbean by next week.

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Fox Information Senior Meterologist Janice Dean mentioned Thursday it’s still too early to inform whether Irma will pass nicely north of the Lesser Antilles plus Puerto Rico, or have direct effects there by next Wednesday or even Thursday.

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“What we do know is that it will be a remarkably strong hurricane, and all interest over the Lesser Antilles/Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U. S — both Atlantic Coast and Gulf of mexico Coast — need to monitor Irma’ s path, ” Dean stated.

Any impacts to the U. H., if any, would be a full ten to 11 days away, based on Dean. Forecaster should have a better concept by next week where the storm goes, once Irma moves father over the Atlantic.  

The storm does not present an immediate threat to land plus there are no coastal watches or even warnings in effect, the hurricane middle said.

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Irma is the ninth named storm from the year, and comes a week right after Harvey devastated Texas with report amounts of rain.

Earlier this month,   forecasters said the particular Atlantic hurricane season would be “above-normal, ”   with fourteen to 19 named storms in front of the peak season.

An average Atlantic hurricane period, which runs from June one to November 30, produces twelve named storms, of which six turn out to be hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, according to the NOAA.