The update is from Weather Underground's latest analysis of Irma (Threat increasing for Cuba, Florida, from intensifying Irma), although I question the time stamp on the report, 4:36 PM September 4; I'll assume it's meant to be AM.
Irma is a classic "Cape Verde hurricane," a type of hurricane that forms in the far eastern Atlantic, near the Cape Verde Islands (now known as the Cabo Verde Islands), then tracks all the way across the Atlantic, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.Cape Verde storms frequently become some of the largest and most intense hurricanes. Examples are Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Floyd, and Hurricane Ivan.The above is from CNN's latest Irma report, updated at 2:03 AM EDT today, on Irma's track. It is too early to have an inkling whether Irma will hit the continental U.S. For now:
Hurricane Irma is churning west across the Atlantic, putting parts of the Caribbean on watch and prompting warnings for the US mainland to be prepared should the storm head that way.
Sunday evening Irma was traversing the ocean as a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph (185 kmh). It is expected to pick up strength over the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.Irma's center was about 680 miles east of the Leeward Islands, a group of islands in the West Indies that start east of Puerto Rico, the NHC said.
Irma is expected to remain a "dangerous major hurricane" through the week and could directly affect the British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas, the agency said, warning that residents of the Lesser Antilles should monitor the hurricane's progress.