Hurricane Irma continues to move across the open Atlantic waters as it presses westward with slight variations in intensity. Saturday the storm held a consistent central pressure around 970 millibars and winds around 110 miles per hour. The storm is rather small, hurricane-force winds only extending out about 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extending about 70 miles from the center.
The forecast path of Hurricane Irma has consistently moved the storm to the west-southwest through this weekend and then move west-northwest during the week. People in the northern Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Bahamas should monitor the latest forecast because the storm’s center may move close to all of these areas. The hurricane models, shown above with all of the differing lines, show many variations in the forecast path by next weekend. There is a lot of uncertainty if the storm will hit the U.S. at all however areas along the East coast should watch this *very* closely because it will be a strong storm nonetheless.
In the next couple of days, especially by Tuesday, we’ll have a clearer picture if this storm will impact the U.S. and more details on where/when if that is the case. For now, make sure your hurricane plans are good to go and check back in while we watch Irma and another tropical wave in the Atlantic Ocean.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier