Irma rapidly strengthens to Category 2 hurricane, forecast to be ‘extremely dangerous’

Tropical Storm Irma “rapidly” intensified Thursday, strengthening into a Classification 2 hurricane with 100 your sustained winds and is forecast to become an “extremely dangerous” storm for that next several days, according to the Nationwide Hurricane Center.

The storm is situated over the Atlantic Ocean, about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west-northwest at ten mph.  

Irma will be forecast to become a major hurricane, the Category 3 with sustained wind gusts between 111 to 129 your, by Thursday night.

The National Storm Center said Irma is likely to be “an extremely dangerous storm for the next several days, ”  and is forecast to become a category four storm east of the Leeward Island destinations in the Caribbean by next week.

Fox Information Senior Meterologist Janice Dean mentioned Thursday it’s still too early to inform whether Irma will pass properly north of the Lesser Antilles plus Puerto Rico, or have direct affects 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 throughout 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 mentioned.

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 time of year, 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.