Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017. 9:44 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring three hurricane – Jose, Irma and Katia in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Irma is a catastrophic category 5 hurricane.
As of last night, the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 19.1 North, longitude 66.1 West.
Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will continue to pass just north of Puerto Rico, pass near or just north of the coast of Hispaniola today, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening.
Irma carries maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward of up to 50 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles .
A sustained wind of 55 miles per hour with a gust to 70 miles per hour is being reported by the NHC.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 914 mb (26.99 inches).
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* British Virgin Islands
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra
* Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with
* Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le
Mole St. Nicholas
* Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
* Central Bahamas
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Cuba from Matanzas province eastward to Guantanamo province
* Northwestern Bahamas
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engano westward to the
southern border with Haiti
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