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11PM UPDATE: HURRICANE IRMA STILL A CAT 3 HURRICANE

11PM UPDATE: HURRICANE IRMA STILL A CAT 3 HURRICANE

September 1, 20172509Views

According to the National Hurricane Centre, At 1100 PM, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 19.1 degrees North, longitude 40.5 degrees West. Irma is moving toward the West near 14 mph.  A turn toward the West-South West is expected on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts.  Irma is 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.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 967 mb.

Residents are urged to monitor the power hurricane as it has the potential to affect the British Virgin Islands.

Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website (bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates.

Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.