According to the latest National Hurricane Center update, Irma was a category 3, but has since moved down to a category 2. With winds having highs of about 115 miles per hour, this is going to be one terrifying encounter.
This storm is expected to become a category 5 with winds well over 180 miles per hour. The NHC has been describing Irma as ‘impressive’ to say the least. Her wind speeds have doubled just overnight. It is predicted that this hurricane will make landfall in the Caribbean at some point in the coming week.
With that being said, models vary wildly, and it seems there is a possibility that Irma might hit land in the US, Florida to be exact. Michael Ventrice a meteorological scientist has described these wind speeds as the “highest wind speed forecasts I’ve ever seen in my 10 years of Atlantic hurricane forecasting.”
While it could take around ten days for Irma to reach Florida, and would be tracked along the way. After seeing what has happened with Harvey another crisis like this (IF it makes its way to Florida,) could put a major strain on us as a nation. While currently, the storm is about 1,320 miles away from the Leeward Islands out in the open Atlantic, and we hope it doesn’t make its way here to the US.
At the moment, I don’t believe we should be freaking out, but if things progress it could get scary. If you live near the Atlantic, I highly suggest that you prepare yourself, just in case. For more information on hurricane Irma checks out the video below. To keep updated on Irma as she progresses click here.