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Hurricane Center monitoring Irma

Posted: Saturday, September 2, 2017. 3:43 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) continues to monitor Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic.

Irma is a Category 2 Hurricane located over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean. Irma continues to move south of due west across the central tropical Atlantic and this motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days.

As of this afternoon, Irma was located about 1135 miles east of the Leeward islands. Maximum sustained winds are at 110 miles per hour with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). According to the NHC, some strengthening is forecasted during the next 48 hours.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 973 mb (28.74 inches).

The Weather Prediction Center is also issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Harvey, located over Kentucky.

The NHC is also closely monitoring some disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands that are associated with a tropical wave.

Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development in a couple of days, and this system could become a tropical depression early next week while it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

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