Hurricane Irma now Category 3 storm, forecast to be 'extremely dangerous'

Hurricane Irma posing threat to parts of the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma now Category 3 storm, forecast to be 'extremely dangerous'

The center of Irma was located near latitude 18.8 North, longitude 39.1 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h).

Hurricane Irma is located about 940 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

As the storm continues to generally move west across the Atlantic it is expected to continue to strengthen and potentially become a category 4 hurricane by early next week.

Expect warmer and uncomfortable conditions over the weekend, as Hurricane Irma continues its journey westward across the Atlantic.

Forecast models are still wildly varying for Irma's path, as it's still very early on how currents will play out.

It is expected to reach Category 4 status by next Wednesday, with forecast sustained winds of 132 miles per hour and gusts over 160.

The hurricane center is also tracking a tropical wave to the south and east of Irma that could become Tropical Storm Jose next week.

Although it seemed to have weakened overnight Friday, Sept. 1, the storm is still expected to reach as high as Category 4 next week. Regardless, everyone in the hurricane prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, as we are now near the peak of the season. The Global Forecast System model still has Irma heading inland after making landfall in the Carolinas.

It was a tropical storm early Thursday morning.

Most of the attention surrounding Irma is focused on where the storm could hit.

Hurricane Irma is swirling in the Atlantic, posing a threat to parts of the Caribbean.

In terms of any possible effects to the United States, it is still too soon to speculate, as Irma remains more than a week away from any possible impacts.

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