Flood victims in Houston and other flood-hit areas along the Gulf Coast are alarmed to see that another hurricane is forming over the Atlantic.
At 15:36 CDT, the National Hurricane Centre said that Irma has become a catergory three hurricane over the Eastern Atlantic.
At 15:23 CDT, The National Weather Service has said the hurricane is “rapidly intensifying”.
National Weather Service forecaster Eric Blake: “Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days.”
At 14:05 CDT, Hurricane Irma has formed over the eastern Atlantic with winds of up to 100 mph.
The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Irma included winds of 100 miles per hour.
They said: ”Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days.”
While there is no immediate threat to land, Irma is already a Category two storm, and is predicted to be upgraded to a Category four by Tuesday.
At 10.15 CDT, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Irma is now a category 2 hurricane about 650 miles (1,050 km) ) west of the Cabo Verde Islands.
The latest update confirmed that Irma is forecast to become a “extremely dangerous” category 4 east of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies next week.
Although the storm track shows that Irma is heading towards the Caribbean, but Americans fears it could turn towards the US.
The latest update said: “Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h).
“This general motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday.”
The NHC said a ridge over the central Atlantic Ocean force Irma to turn west-southwestward early next week.
It added: “Guidance continues to trend southward, following the trend of the ECMWF model starting yesterday.
“Given the strength of the ridge and depth of the tropical cyclone, there are no obvious reasons to discount the anomalous west-southwestward motion seen in most of the guidance.”
Hurricane Irma now has 100 mph (155 km/h) winds. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Meteorologist Danielle Banks, from The Weather Channel, said: “Keep in mind that it is way to soon to say if its going to impact the United States, and where it will head.
“We’re gonna be way past Labour Day before it treks across the Atlantic Ocean but you can see we need to monitor this for sections of Leeward Islands and also northeastern Caribbean.”
AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: “All interests in the eastern Caribbean will need to monitor the progress of this evolving tropical cyclone, especially next week.
“It is way too soon to say with certainty where and if this system will impact the US.”
But an ECMWF EPS spaghetti model has showed that Hurricane Irma could curve round and hit the coast of the US.
Ag meteorologist Michael Clark tweeted: “Folks on SE coast need to keep a very close eye on #Irma as it has potential to be a very strong hurricane. EPS members show landfall.”
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