Monday, September 25, 2017

Irma a Cat. 2; moving toward Leeward Islands


Hurricane Irma has weakened slightly, but remains closely watched in the Atlantic Ocean as the hurricane moved toward the Caribbean.

According to the 11:00 p.m. Saturday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Irma is a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, moving to the west at 14 mph.

Forecast tracks have Irma moving slightly toward the west-southwest over the weekend into Monday, strengthening back into a major hurricane by late Sunday. But early next week tracks have Irma starting to take a more northerly turn as the storm approaches the Leeward Islands.

Still, forecasters warn those along the continental United States not to read too much into the long range forecasts, noting that situations can change rapidly out in the tropics.

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