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TROPICAL STORM IRMA STRENGHTENING..MAY BECOME HURRICANE VERY SOON

TROPICAL STORM IRMA STRENGHTENING..MAY BECOME HURRICANE VERY SOON

August 31, 20172454Views

Current Location: 16.5N / 32.9W

Geographic Reference: 2079 miles from the British Virgin Islands

Movement: West at 12 mph

Max Winds: 70 mph gusting to 85 mph

Tropical Storm Force Winds from the centre: 60 miles

Forecast Confidence: Average

Key Points

  1. Irma is forecast to become a hurricane today or tonight.
  2. Irma could threaten the islands of the northeast Caribbean as a major hurricane next Wednesday.

Irma has steadily strengthened overnight and is approaching hurricane strength this morning. Irma is likely to become a hurricane later today or tonight, then strengthen to a major hurricane by early next week. Due to the latest satellite trends and model trends, forecasters have increased the intensity forecast through the next seven days. Their forecast track takes Irma near the northeast Caribbean next Wednesday. By that time, Irma could be a very strong hurricane.

The next full advisory will follow at 11AM or earlier if there is significant change.

Residents are urged to monitor the Tropical Storm Irma 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.

Image credited to the NOAA.

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.