Hurricane Irma is a major hurricane currently at a category 3. Irma will strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane by Tuesday with estimated sustained winds of 140 mph. We're taking a look at the potential impacts here in the United States.
The 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center has Hurricane Irma as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 mph.
This is the latest track from the National Hurricane Center. Irma will strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane by Tuesday with estimated sustained winds of 140 mph. The National Hurricane Center has Irma tracking over the Leeward Islands and towards Puerto Rico.
A Hurricane Warning has been posted for parts of the Leeward Islands which looks to be in the direct path of Irma. A Hurricane Watch is currently posted for Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Irma is expected to cause flooding issues for the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico with 10 to 20 inches of rain expected along the hurricane path. In addition to the rain winds will also be a major issue. Winds sustained at 140 mph with gusts to 160 mph are expected just outside of the eye wall.
The forecast projection for Hurricane Irma when it nears the East Coast of the United States is still quite uncertain. We remain 7 to 9 days out from any potential East Coast landfall. A strong area of high pressure will likely prevent Hurricane Irma from moving out to sea. This is the very latest model projection as of Monday afternoon. Runs yesterday were more favorable for a Mid-Atlantic landfall, today the projection has shifted a bit further south with several models indicating Florida and Georgia are more vulnerable than areas north of Virginia. The bottom line is that the projections will continue to shift over the next few days and we will continue to fine tune the forecast. We have kept the entire East Coast in the threat for now, this will of course change as we get closer and the computer models we look at become more consistent.