Irma | 11 a.m. Wednesday forecast track | The Press and Standard

by | September 6, 2017 11:35 am

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located

near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 64.0 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 move over portions

of the Virgin Islands very soon, pass near or just north of Puerto

Rico this afternoon or tonight, pass near or just north of the

coast of the Dominican Republic Thursday, and be near the Turks and

Caicos and southeastern Bahamas late Thursday.

 

Maximum sustained winds are near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher

gusts.  Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson

Hurricane Wind Scale.  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 up to 50 miles (85 km) from the

center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles

(295 km).

 

The estimated minimum central pressure is 918 mb (27.11 inches).

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