Irma Update – Stronger, Still Well Out in the Atlantic Ocean
Hurricane Irma jumped up in intensity yesterday, reaching category 2 status with 110 mph winds. The storm is located well out into the Atlantic Ocean, nearly 1600 miles east of the Leeward Islands. The cyclone is moving west-northwest at 13 mph.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2017
According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma has weakened slightly due to the storm evolving into an eyewall replacement cycle. The small, inner eye is becoming less distinct on satellite imagery, indicating the presence of a forming outer eyewall. Some further weakening is possible over the next day or so while Irma moves over marginally warm water and continues the eyewall replacement. After that time, the environment around the storm should be generally conducive for some restrengthening. Forecast models indicate some upper level wind shear over the next several days, so only modest strengthening is anticipated. Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane early next week.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels