5A: Irma on Killer Trek Toward Florida

At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 20.0 North, longitude 68.3 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days.  On the forecast track, the center should pass north of the coast of Hispaniola later today, be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening, and then be near the Central Bahamas by Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts.  Irma is a category 5 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 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 921 mb (27.20 inches)

 

A las 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), el centro del Huracan Irma estaba  localizado cerca de la latitud 20.0 norte, longitud 68.3 oeste. Irma  se mueve hacia el oeste noroeste a cerca de 17 mph (28 km/h), y se  espera que este movimiento continue durante los proximos dias. En la  trayectoria pronosticada, el centro del extremadamente peligroso  Huracan Irma pasara al norte de la costa de Hispaniola tarde hoy, y  estara cerca de las Islas Turks y Caicos y el sureste de Bahamas hoy  al anochecer.  

Los vientos maximos sostenidos continuan a 180 mph (290 km/h) con  rafagas mas altas. Irma es un huracan categoria 5 en la Escala de  Vientos de Huracanes de Saffir-Simpson. Algunas fluctuaciones en la  intensidad son posibles durante el proximo dia o dos, pero se  pronostica que Irma continuara como un huracan poderoso de categoria  4 o 5 durante los proximos dias.

Los vientos con fuerza de huracan se extienden hasta 50 millas (85  km) del centro, y los vientos con fuerza de tormenta tropical  extienden hasta 185 millas (295 km).  

La presion central minima estimada es de 921 mb (27.20 pulgadas).

 
 
 
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