UPDATE: Hurricane watch for several Leeward Islands as Irma moves westward

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: Hurricane Irma remains a category 3 storm with top sustained winds of 115 mph, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center says. It’s currently about 710 miles from the Leeward Islands, where hurricane watches are in effect. Irma is expected to reach the islands Tuesday night.

Irma is moving to the west-southwest at 14 mph, but officials say it’s too early to say where Irma will be at the end of the week.

Hurricane Irma, as of 11 p.m. Sunday


UPDATE, 8 p.m.: After a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft reached the storm this evening, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 p.m. advisory that Hurricane Irma is expected to be near the northern Leeward Islands by late Tuesday.

Irma, which has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, is about 2,025 miles southeast of West Palm Beach and moving west at 14 mph. Forecasters say the storm’s hurricane-force winds extend about 35 miles from the center, with tropical-storm-force winds out to about 140 miles.

The storm is forecast to strengthen some in the next 48 hours, though NHC specialists say it’s too early to say what, if any, impacts will affect the Bahamas, Florida or any other part of the U.S. mainland.

UPDATE, 5 p.m.: Many of the Leeward Islands have issued a hurricane watch in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to arrive late Tuesday.

Among those who’ve issued watches are: Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

According to the National Hurricane Center, other islands among the Leewards, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico should all monitor Irma.

In addition, a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft is heading to investigate Irma, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Irma continues to be a Category 3 hurricane with top sustained winds of 115 mph. It is currently about 790 miles west of the Leeward Islands and moving west at 14 mph.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.: Hurricane Irma, still a Category 3, continued to head west-southwest toward the Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm continues to have maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, and is moving at 14 mph.

The hurricane center reported that hurricane and tropical storm watches “will likely be required for portions” of the Leeward Islands later today or tonight.

According to a hurricane center briefing, Irma is expected to be near the Bahamas by late this week, but added that the uncertainty of the track for the southeastern U.S. is moderate to high. It’s still too early to determine track and wind speed for South Florida at this time, according to meteorologist James Thomas.

Nonetheless, the center adds it’s good to be prepared, and review hurricane action plans now and to start making necessary precautions.

The next update is scheduled for 5 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: Now less than 1,000 miles east of the Leeward Islands, Hurricane Irma’s strength continues to rise and fall, and as of 5 a.m. today is a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds were up to 115 miles per hour and the storm was heading west-southwest near 15 mph. The hurricane center expects Irma to strengthen on Monday night, and the storm may also shift its path to a more westerly direction.

At this time, no warnings or watches are in effect, but the hurricane center is suggesting the Leeward Islands monitor Irma’s progress.

The next update is set for 11 a.m.

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