Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017. 10:20 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring Hurricane Irma over the Eastern Atlantic.
According to the NHC, Irma is rapidly intensifying. Irma has maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and is moving west north west at 10 miles per hour.
Irma is located about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
As of this morning, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 33.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h).
This general motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts.
Irma is forecasted to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb (28.91 inches).
Satellite images indicate that Irma is rapidly intensifying and is now a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
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