FLORIDA (WWSB) – Hurricane Irma is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane. In order to be classified as a category 5, the hurricane must have sustained winds exceeding 156 mph, Irma, as of 8 a.m., has sustained winds of 175 mph.
But while Hurricane Irma churns in the Atlantic, two other tropical waves may develop, according to the National Hurricane Center.
One of the tropical waves has a 60 percent or greater chance of developing.
Tropical Storm Jose could exist by tomorrow.
Reports from NOAA and U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate, “Irma will continue to strengthen and maximum sustained winds have increased to near 175 mph with higher gusts. 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.”
For more information, check out the National Hurricane Center website.