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Friday, September 01, 2017

Irma rapidly strengthens to Category 2, forecast to be 'extremely dangerous'

Tropical Storm Irma "rapidly" intensified Thursday, strengthening into a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph sustained winds and is forecast to be an "extremely dangerous" storm for the next several days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is located over the Atlantic Ocean, about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Thursday it's still too early to tell whether Irma will pass well north of the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, or have direct impacts there by next Wednesday or Thursday.

"What we do know is that it will be an exceptionally strong hurricane, and all interest across the Lesser Antilles/Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S -- both Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast -- need to monitor Irma’s path," Dean said.

Any impacts to the U.S., if any, would be a full 10 to 11 days away, according to Dean. Forecaster should have a better idea by next week where the storm is going, once Irma moves father across the Atlantic.

[Related: Joe Bastardi-Twitter]


Anonymous said...

I'll be in Canada on vacation by then. Hopefully I will still have a home to return to when I get back from vacation. I guess this is risk you take when you vacation during hurricane season. I know nothing is certain in life, so you take each day as it comes. Or as the ancient saying goes: Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die!

Anonymous said...

I think OC needs to board up and evacuate now since it takes City FAIL 10-11 days just to change a light bulb!!!!


Anonymous said...

When this was reported earlier this week, I went shopping and got 10 jugs of water, bread in the freezer and other non perishable items. I also filled my gas tank.

I suggest since this is hurricane season you do the same, and not 24 hours before the storm.

Anonymous said...

This is OLD news and the storm is looking far more intense. Texas should have taught us something here on the shore.

Anonymous said...

If the Weather Channel knew it would miss us by a mile do you think they'd even tell us?