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.