Hurricane Irma forms with 100 mph winds

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Staff reports

The National Hurricane Center’s 10 a.m. advisory shows Tropical Storm Irma has developed into Hurricane Irma with sustained winds of 100 mph and higher gusts.

The storm is moving WNW at 10 mph with a minimum central pressure of 979 MB.

The center of Hurricane Irma is presently located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 33.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph. This general motion is
forecast through early Friday, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday, stated the update.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph with higher gusts. Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for
the next several days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb (28.91 inches).