Tropical Storm Irma heads towards the Caribbean

MIAMI, USA - Tropical Storm Irma has formed in the far eastern Atlantic and is reported to be intensifying steadily as it moves westwards towards the Caribbean.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Tropical Storm Irma was located about 480 miles (770 km) west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h).

The tropical storm is expected to turn slightly toward the west-northwest at a slower rate of speed for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma is expected to become a hurricane Thursday or Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre.

rma is moving toward the west along the south side of the deep-layer Azores high. A slight turn toward the west-northwest at a slower rate of forward speed is expected during the next three days. As the high strengthens, Irma is expected to turn toward the west-southwest around day 4.


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