Hurricane Irma Pushes Closer To Caribbean
As of 11 p.m. Sunday (September 3) Hurricane Irma was approximately 710 miles east of Barbuda and Antigua, on the Caribbean’s eastern perimeter.
The powerful storm has already achieved Category 3 status and continues to move west-southwest at 14 miles.
Hurricane watches are already in effect in several Caribbean islands including Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin among others.
Fortunately the latest computer models suggest Jamaica is likely to be spared the wrath of the powerful storm but that could change in the coming days.
America’s National Hurricane Center’s intensity forecast indicates Irma could become a Category 4 hurricane in the next few days with winds up to 140 mph. Category four storms have sustained winds of between 130-156 mph.
The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, contains storms with sustained winds exceeding 156 mph (70 m/s; 136 kn; 251 km/h).
More updates later.
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