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Hurricane Irma

Published 8th September 2017, 10:36am

At 1000 AM local time the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 22.0 North, longitude 75.3 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.

Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

The latest minimum central pressure reported by a reconnaissance plane was 927 mb (27.37 inches).

WHILE FORECAST PATH OF HURRICANE IRMA CONTINUES TO BE OVER THE BAHAMAS, LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGE TO CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM AS IT IS STILL EXPECTED TO INFLUENCE LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS FROM THIS WEEKEND.

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDER ACTIVITY ALONG WITH FRESH WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS ARE EXPECTED MAINLY FOR THE SISTER ISLANDS FROM TONIGHT AS IRMA MOVES OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS. SHOWERS MAY BECOME LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES.

THE CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO MONITOR THIS SYSTEM AND WILL PROVIDE FURTHER DETAILS ON LOCAL WEATHER IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS HURRICANE VIA OUR PUBLIC FORECAST.