Hurricane Irma

Caribbean Told to Keep a Keen Eye on Hurricane Irma

Hurricane IrmaHurricane Irma reached Category 3 strength late on Thursday and is maintaining maximum sustained winds close to 110 miles per hour.

Disaster officials in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean say it is not posing a threat to the islands at this time; however, a close eye is being kept on it. 

Up to 5 a.m. on Friday, Hurricane Irma, carrying maximum sustained winds near 115 miles per hour, was approximately  1,665 miles east of the Leeward Islands and heading toward the west northwest at 12 miles per hour.

According to The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami , a turn toward the west is expected by Friday evening, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on Saturday.

The NHC has released the following statement:

“Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane throughout the weekend.”

Caribbean residents are being advised to keep a close eye on Irma despite uncertainties about which direction it will head.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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