Hurricane Irma is lumbering across the Atlantic in the general direction of the Leeward Islands, though it is still too early to predict where exactly the eye of the storm will hit.
Yesterday morning at 11 a.m. the center of the storm was located at 16.9 degrees north and 33.8 degrees west.
At that position, the storm hovered between 213 and 240 kilometers below the latitude of St. Maarten and it was around 3,325 kilometers east of the island longitude.
Based on the pace at which the storm moves west-northwest -10 miles or 16.0934 kilometers per hour – the center will reach St. Maarten’s longitude (63.0548 W) next week Saturday morning at 1 a.m.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami is monitoring the storm carefully. While the system was moving west-northwest yesterday – therefore getting closer to St. Maarten’s latitude – forecasters predict that it will change to a more western direction tomorrow.
Maximum sustained winds in the storm that is now raging over the Atlantic reached 100 miles, or 155 kilometers per hour yesterday.
The National Hurricane Center says that Irma was forecast to become a major hurricane by last night and that it is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane during the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles or 30 kilometers from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles or 130 kilometers.
Source: TODAY http://today.sx/science/hurricane-irma/