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Strong Hurricane Irma Moves West Over Atlantic

03 September 2017

"Irma is forecast to remain a powerful hurricane for days", the NHC said, adding that strength fluctuations "are possible" over the weekend.

Fox News Senior Meterologist Janice Dean said Thursday it's still too early to tell whether Irma will pass well north of the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, or have direct impacts there by next Wednesday or Thursday.

By early Saturday night, Irma's eye was located 1,135 miles east of the Leeward Islands, which form the northern portion of the island chain, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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"Irma is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour and a turn toward the west-southwest at a slightly slower rate of speed during the next two days", the National Hurricane Center wrote in an advisory on Irma Saturday morning, September 2.

Hurricane Irma began to get a little better organized overnight Saturday as it moved slightly west-southwest in the Atlantic Ocean and has regained its status as a powerful Category 3 hurricane. Hurricane Irma has now intensified into a category 3 hurricane.

Good bet at a casino is an intense Hurricane Irma at Cat 4 or 5.

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Hurricane Irma is moving WNW at 12mph. So, as alarming as some of the information coming in might be, people can take solace in the knowledge that they will have plenty of warning if Irma looks to threaten the US coast.

The first major storm of the season, Hurricane Harvey had caused way more chaos than anyone would have imagined.

Irma could reach Category 4 with sustained winds above 130 miles per hour as it edges toward the Lesser Anteilles, north of South America, early next week. Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 15 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

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The NHC track for Irma looks only five days out, but there are other, more speculative forecast models.

Strong Hurricane Irma Moves West Over Atlantic