Today, Tropical Storm Irma gained enough strength to classify as a Category 3 hurricane. Irma, rapidly intensifying over the eastern Atlantic, was headed toward the Caribbean, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its latest advisory.
The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds were 115 miles per hour as it was about 720 miles west of the Cabo Verde islands.
The Miami-based weather center’s forecast models showed it heading to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. They predicted possible landfall sometime next week.
Further forecasting calls for Irma continuing to intensify with winds of 120 mph and being upgraded to category 4 hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center is emphasizing that it is still too early to know if Irma will have any impact on the United States or the East Coast.
We will continue to update this report as more information becomes available.