Irma’s sustained winds now near 175 mph | News | The Press and Standard

by | September 5, 2017 8:34 am


From the Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Agency:

At 8:00 A.M. AST (1200 UTC), the distinct eye center of Hurricane Irma

was located near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 57.7 West. Irma is

moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general

motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the

west-northwest tonight. On the forecast track, the dangerous core of

Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands

tonight and early Wednesday.

Reports from NOAA and U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft

indicate Irma continues to strengthen and maximum sustained winds

have increased to near 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.  Irma

is an extremely dangerous 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 45 miles (75 km) from the

center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles

(220 km).

The latest estimated minimum central pressure from aircraft data is

929 mb (27.44 inches).


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