Irma Expected to Be a Hurricane on Thursday

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The center of Tropical Storm Irma was located near Latitude 16.4 North, Longitude 32.2 West, according to an update shared by VITEMA from the NWS National Hurricane Center around 11:00 pm yesterday evening. Irma is moving toward the west near 12mph.

Irma is moving toward the west near 12mph. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected Thursday, and the general motion should continue through Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Irma is expected to become a hurricane on Thursday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 millibars.

Another local weather group, St. John VI Weather, confirmed that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Irma, and that it is expected to become a hurricane.

“The uncertainty is too high at this time, however, model guidance is indicating that Irma will move closer to the region by Wednesday or Thursday,” noted Dan Boyd, contributor to St. John Vi Weather.

For additional information about Irma, look for the advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center, TCPAT1 or TCDAT1. Spanish versions of these advisories and discussions (TCPSP1 and TCDSP1 respectively) are available thanks to WFO-San Juan Staff.