In its 11 a.m. advisory, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted that the centre of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 33.8 West - some 2975 km east of the Leeward Islands.
Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center said they expect Irma to continue to strengthen, likely into a substantial Category 3 hurricane, which would generate winds of 111 to 129 miles per hour.
Your First Alert Weather Team is monitoring Tropical Storm Irma in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.
It poses no immediate threat to land and its eventual track remains highly uncertain as is typical for storms this far out to sea.
"The hurricane likely to turn westward and west-southwestward over the next few days due to a building ridge over the central Atlantic", said Blake.
Obviously it's way too soon to predict what Irma will do.
Dennis Feltgen, a NHC spokesman and meteorologist, told NBC News the "rapid intensification" of Irma's strength caught everybody's attention at their headquarters in Miami.
That said, all interests in those areas should monitor the progress of Irma closely for many days to come.
When Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas, it was a Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour winds.