Latest Update on Hurricane Irma

Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo shows the latest advisory & talks threats to U.S.

As of 8pm this evening Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph. It is only the fifth hurricane in the Atlantic to reach that wind speed. Others were Allen in 1980, the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Gilbert in 1988 and Wilma in 2005. As far as pressure goes, this is the 11th lowest pressure recorded in any Atlantic hurricane. The storm is moving to the west at 13 mph. This will take it past Puerto Rico later tomorrow and fortunately for them, they will be on the safer side of the storm. Unfortunately, it will be worse for the Turks and Cacaos Islands.

There is still a lot of uncertainty with the track of the storm down the road but the storm remains a threat for Florida and the Southeastern United States. If the storm hits Cuba, that would weaken it some before the turn toward the United States. The threat is still not until later in the week.  

 

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