Hurricane Irma is a powerful, category 3 storm.

posted by Kelly Bennett -

Hurricane Irma Public Advisory                     

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located
near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 36.5 West.  Irma is moving
toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h).  A turn toward the
west is expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the
west-southwest on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale.  Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are
possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to
remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the
center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles
(150 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 967 mb (28.56 inches).

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