Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, data from a hurricane-hunter aircraft show. Irma is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it approaches the Leeward Islands.
Irma is now the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record outside the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.
It is still too early to tell the exact impact Irma will have on the United States; however, South Florida is definitely in the danger zone this weekend. There’s a slim chance the storm could move toward the central Gulf of Mexico and the northern Gulf Coast. If you have plans to travel to the beach next week, pay close attention to this one!