Hurricane Irma Strengthened Overnight, Now a Category 5

Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma is now a strong Category 5 hurricane with winds to 175 mph. Hurricane Warnings have been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. During the next 24 hours, Irma is expected to maintain a general westward track before turning west-northwest, but Meteorologist Cyndee O'Quinn tells us why the confidence beyond 3 days is lower.

"In the last model run there has been a shift to the west. The National Hurricane Center has aligned its forecast to the general consensus of the models with a more westwardly track", said O'Quinn. "The confidence in the forecast past 3 days is low as the models have widespread solutions for forecasts beyond 72 hours."

O'Quinn and the National Hurricane Center urges all Floridians to start making plans and stocking up on supplies, as there is an increased chance in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys of seeing impacts from Irma later this week and weekend.