Hurricane Irma path update: Could Irma HIT the USA? | Weather | News

The US Gulf Coast is still being battered by the remnants of Hurricane Harvey which has killed at least 38 people.   

But the next hurricane, named Irma, is already forming over the Atlantic amid fears that it could turn towards the US.  

At 5am AST today Tropical Storm Irma was “close to hurricane strength” about 590 miles (950 km) west of the Cabo Verde Islands. 

The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned: “Irma is forecast to become a hurricane later today but remain over the tropical Atlantic through Tuesday.” 

The latest update said: “Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h).  

“A west-northwestward motion is expected today and tonight, followed by a generally westward motion on Friday.”

The latest storm track shows that Irma is heading towards the Caribbean. 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.”

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