As Harvey Moves Inland, A New Hurricane “Irma” Is Forming Over The Atlantic – updated
Hurricane Irma continues to strengthen much faster than pretty much any computer model predicted as of yesterday or even this morning. Per the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest update, Irma is currently a Cat-3 storm with sustained winds of 115 mph but is expected to strengthen to a devastating Cat-5 with winds that could top out at 180 mph or more.
According to the NHS, Atlantic Tropical Storm Irma has formed, and could be a Hurricane by Friday. With top winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, Irma formed 420 miles west of Cabo Verde moving west at 13 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in an 11 a.m. N.Y. time advisory.
According to Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground, computer forecast models disagree on its ultimate track but a U.S. strike later in September cannot be ruled out.
Irma is the ninth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which also produced Harvey that devastated southeastern Texas, including Houston, and disrupted energy facilities and supplies and destroyed crops. Irma could become a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale by Friday and gradually get stronger through Monday.
If its current track holds, Irma would still be bearing down from the east on the Leeward and Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea Monday
— NWS (@NWS) August 30, 2017
NHC will be initiating advisories at 11 AM AST on Tropical Storm Irma, located west of the Cabo Verde Islands.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 30, 2017