Roseau, Dominica (TDN)
- Irma continued its journey on a west-southwesterly track, which will ultimately take it closer to the Northern Caribbean Islands by late Tuesday night.
At 5:00 A.M this morning Irma was located at 16.8 degrees north and 52.6 degrees west or 654 miles to the East of the Northern Leeward Islands.
The current trek South is expected to continue until later today when the hurricane will turn westward and then west-northwestward in 36-48 hours. On that predicted course the eye of Irma will be to the North of Dominica late Tuesday into early Wednesday.
Forecasters warned earlier today that weather conditions in Dominica will begin to deteriorate as early as Monday night as the far reaches of the outer bands of Irma take effect. It will then rapidly deteriorate as the storm cruises by.
Irma is forecast to impact the Northern Leeward Islands as a major category 4 hurricane and will most likely make direct hits on Antigua, St Maarten, Haiti and Cuba.