Forecast of Hurricane Irma on Friday, September 1, 2017, at 5 a.m. National Hurricane Center

The rapid intensification of Hurricane Irma has stopped for the moment.

At 10:40 p.m. Of Thursday, the center of the storm was about 775 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.

Irma, a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is moving west-northwest at about 12 mph. It is believed to make a westward turn on Friday, and then turn west-southwest on Saturday.

Irma’s sustained maximum winds are around 115 mph, with even stronger bursts.

Hurricane-force winds extend to the exterior up to 15 miles from the center and winds with tropical storm force extend up to 90 miles.

Experts said that fluctuations in strength, both rising and falling, are possible over the next few days, but Irma remains predicted to remain a powerful hurricane throughout the weekend.

There is in fact no surveillance or warning for the coast at this time.

Hurricane Irma formed in the faraway Atlantic this Thursday as a Cat 2 storm and could become a major hurricane by tonight.


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