Posted 6th Night (IST):
Extremely Dangerous Cat 5 Irma Storms into Leeward Islands
Rare pic taken Inside the eye of Irma on NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft September 5, 2017, when Irma was upgraded to a Category 5 storm. This is referred to as the "stadium effect". Image credit: CDR Kibbey/NOAA.
MODIS image of Hurricane Irma taken on Tuesday afternoon (Local Time), September 5, 2017. At the time, Irma was a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.
At 8 pm EDT, Irma was centered about 85 miles east of Antigua, moving just north of due west at about 15 mph. On its current track, Irma’s center will pass near or just between Antigua and Barbuda during the predawn hours Wednesday, and one or both islands could wind up in the extreme winds of Irma’s eyewall. Later Wednesday morning, Irma will be approaching St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, and St. Barthelemy, and by Wednesday afternoon Irma’s core will likely be nearing the British Virgin Islands. Irma is in the midst of a very subtle turn toward the west-northwest, which may take its center just north of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Posted Tuesday 5th Night (IST)
Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever: Wind speed 290 kmph !
States of emergency declared in Caribbean, Florida ahead of 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Irma
As Irma moves closer to the United States, newly-formed Tropical Storm Jose will churn across the central Atlantic while another tropical system brews in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico this week.