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Hurricane Irma plows through Caribbean, heading to Florida

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by Joseph Earnest September 6, 2017

 

Newscast Media MIAMIHurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, is heading toward the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispañola, the Bahamas and Cuba before posing a serious threat to Florida and parts of the Southeast beginning this weekend.

Irma became the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin, outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, on record, on Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Irma's maximum sustained winds are steady at 185 mph based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft. 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 fifth Atlantic hurricane to have maximum sustained winds of 185 mph or greater, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University. Hurricane Allen occupies the top spot with 190 mph winds in 1980.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

By this weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip, in the jet stream that will set up in the eastern United States. Where that northward turn occurs will be critical for what impacts Irma may bring to parts of the southeastern United States, particularly Florida.  Add Comments>>

 

 Source: Weather Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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