Irma strengthens into a category 2 hurricane; forecast to become a major hurricane next week

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Hurricane Irma Advisory Number 5
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112017
1100 AM AST Thu Aug 31 2017

…HURRICANE IRMA RAPIDLY INTENSIFYING OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC…

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…16.9N 33.8W
ABOUT 650 MI…1050 KM W OF THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS
ABOUT 1845 MI…2975 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…100 MPH…155 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…979 MB…28.91 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located
near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 33.8 West. 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.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h)
with higher gusts. Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by
tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for
the next several days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles
(130 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb (28.91 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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None

NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 500 PM AST.

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Forecaster Blake