Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma make its way across the Atlantic
By TDN Wire Staff
August 31, 2017 2:03 P.M
Roseau, Dominica (TDN)
Hurricane Irma intensified Thursday with winds of close to 100 miles per hour as it churned its way through the Atlantic.
Forecasters warn that the storm is exceptionally well organized and that it will become a major hurricane by early Friday morning with winds in excess of 120 miles per hour. They also warn that it is potentially an extremely dangerous hurricane if it makes landfall.
At 11:00 A.M EST the center of Hurricane Irma was situated at 1845 miles east of the Leeward Islands moving at 10 miles per hour.
It is extremely difficult to forecast the exact track of a hurricane beyond a five day period, which is the time frame within which it could make landfall in the Caribbean.
However, Irma is currently moving toward the west-northwest and this general motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a general westward motion on Saturday.
It is then forecast to assume a more west-southwesterly track early next week, as the ridge of high pressure steering the storm builds to the southwest.
Depending on how pronounced that turn is early in the week Irma could be on a collision course with the Islands in the Lesser Antilles from Barbados in the south to Dominica, Guadeloupe and Antigua in the North.
If this scenario is realized then Irma will make landfall as early as the evening of Tuesday September 5, 2017, by which time it could be a category 4 hurricane with winds in the region of 150 miles per hour. <.p>
Because so much can change between today and Tuesday, not all the forecast weather models are in agreement. Some indicate that there is a possibility that the storm could slow down even further and eventually turn to the North West thus missing the islands completely.
Hurricane Irma could be a category 4 by Monday night.
However, given the current trajectory residents of the Islands potentially in the path of the storm are being urged to keep a close eye on its progress.