Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Huricane Irma continues to fluctuate in strength

The US National Hurricane Centre continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Irma, which has been upgraded to a category 3 hurricane and continues to fluctuate in strength. 

In an update on Sunday morning, the NHC said interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the hurricane's progress. 

 

Details are as follows:

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...18.0N 47.5W

ABOUT 945 MI...1520 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 255 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...969 MB...28.62 INCHES

 

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Irma.

 

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.0 North, longitude 47.5 West.  Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this course at a slightly slower forward speed is expected through tonight.  A turn toward the west is forecast on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts.  Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some additional strengthening is forecast through Monday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the  center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 969 mb (28.62 inches). 

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