Sunday 22 September, 2019

Hurricane Irma to remain powerful for days

Hurricane Irma continues on its journey toward the Caribbean and is expected to make a turn toward the west, followed by a turn toward the south-west on Saturday. 

In an update posted to the National Hurricane Centre on Friday at 11:00 am, Hurricane Irma was approximately 1,580 miles (2,540 kilomtres) East of the Leeward Islands.

Details are as follows:

LOCATION...18.5N 37.8W

ABOUT 1580 MI...2540 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...972 MB...28.71 INCHES

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.5 North, longitude 37.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h).  A turn toward the west is expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts.  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 972 mb (28.71 inches).

The next advisory will be issued at 5:00 pm on Friday.

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