Category 5 Hurricane Irma has become one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic, and is threatening to slam into Caribbean with “potentially catastrophic” force on Wednesday
Irma was churning west Tuesday evening in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph — well above the 157 mph threshold for a Category 5 — about 85 miles east of Antigua and Barbuda
Irma’s forecast track currently has it near or over Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla by early Wednesday, and the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon.
Hurricane Irma, continues to strengthen as it bears down on the Leeward Islands,
It became the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin, outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, on record on Tuesday morning.
The center of Irma is located just under 150 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving westward at about 10 to 15 mph. Based on wind speed, Irma is the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Wilma in 2005 which also had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.
Additionally, Irma is just the 5th Atlantic hurricane to have maximum sustained winds of 185 mph or greater. Hurricane Allen occupies the top spot with 190 mph winds in 1980.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and for the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. This includes Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe.
Additionally, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica and for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.
A hurricane watch is also now in effect for the north coast Haiti from the Turks and Caicos Islands and the south-eastern Bahamas. A hurricane watch has also been issued for Cuba
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Originally posted 2017-10-30 22:07:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter