Irma strengthens into powerful Category 5 hurricane

Hurricane Irma, fresh on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, strengthened Tuesday into a Category 5 storm with maximum winds of 175 miles per hour as it approaches the northern Leeward Islands.

The center of Irma was about 300 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is expected to pass over them Tuesday night or early Wednesday. The storm is moving west at about 14 miles per hour.

Hurricane Irma, which surfaced as a tropical storm off Africa shortly after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas last month, has intensified in recent days, gaining strength from the Caribbean’s warmer waters.

The latest forecasts indicate Irma could hit Puerto Rico and then the northern half of the Dominican Republic, before rolling toward Cuba at the end of the week. The storm’s path over the weekend is less clear. It could move toward Florida and make landfall near Miami, or it could veer south of Cuba.

A hurricane warning has been issued for several Caribbean islands including Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and St Barts. The British and United States Virgin Islands are also under a hurricane warning. The storm could drop up to 10 inches of rain over parts of the Caribbean and cause dangerous flooding and landslides.

12 Responses to Irma strengthens into powerful Category 5 hurricane

  1. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke September 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Prayers for all those in the path of this hurricane. The Caribbean doesn’t need this right now

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  2. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards September 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    FATHER THE STORMS ARE RAGING BUT WE TRUST YOU TO COME IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM AND SAVE LIVES SAVE HOMES AND SAVE THESE ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA FROM IRMA AND ANY OTHER STORM ON THE HORIZON…

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  3. Milli Watt September 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    you see that eye……… a man killer

    Reply
  4. Blessing Greenidge
    Blessing Greenidge September 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Amen, Lord, hear and answer this prayer.

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  5. Susanna Ophelia
    Susanna Ophelia September 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for all prayers I am in the. British Virgin Islands bracing for impact

    Reply
  6. Sally Blackett
    Sally Blackett September 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Hear our pray Lord

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