Hurricane Irma’s Strength Fluctuates Moving to Leeward Islands

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Sunday, Sept. 3, 5 am, NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center – Hurricane Irma’s strength continues to fluctuate and is now back to a major hurricane. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts – a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Some additional strengthening through Monday night is forecast. 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).

Irma is centered as of 5 a.m. AST/EDT over the tropical Atlantic Ocean about 945 miles (1520 km) east of the Leeward Islands, moving toward the west-southwest near 15 mph (24 km/h).

It’s expected to continue on this course at a slightly slower forward speed through tonight, followed by a turn toward the west on Monday. Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Irma.

Get the latest on Irma from the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov