NOAA NWS Says Irma Remains a Major Hurricane

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Irma remains a major hurricane, centered as of 5 a.m. AST/EDT over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean about 840 miles (1350 km) west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and 1665 miles (2680 km) east of the Leeward Islands.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts – a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on Saturday. Irma is not an immediate threat to land.

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