America may have managed to keep its head above the water when it comes to the devastating Hurricane Harvey hit (no pun intended), but a report of another hurricane on its way across the Atlantic, shook the public.
Hurricane Irma is the next big storm that is still moving over sea waters and was declared a Category 2 hurricane.
According to meteorologists, Irma has the tendency to become a Category 3 hurricane before the week is finished, blowing winds at 111 to 129 mph.
— Eric Blake 🌀 (@EricBlake12) August 31, 2017
As the National Hurricane Center reported, Irma will most likely be “an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days,” and in light of next week, it is to become a Category 4 storm. Some experts suspect that Category 5 storm is also in the cards for Irma.
Hurricane Irma already w/well developed eye Thursday. Rapidly intensifying likely on way to Cat 5 https://t.co/8pipoyAMla
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) August 31, 2017
Although the precise course of the storm is unclear, Hurricane Irma could pose a threat if some aspects overlap:
“What we do know is that it will be an exceptionally strong hurricane, and all interests across the Lesser Antilles/Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S — both Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast — need to monitor Irma’s path,” said Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean.
Hurricanes are somewhat unpredictable, so tracking down the right pathway is kind of tricky:
“With Irma almost over 3,500 miles from Miami and any landfall 10 to 14 days away, it’s just not possible to put a finer point than that on Irma’s threat right now. But certainly, the entire U.S. East Coast, South Florida, North Florida, and the Gulf Coast should be watching Irma very carefully until a track scenario becomes more clear,” wrote Ryan Truchelut in the Tallahassee Democrat.
As far as Irma hitting the U.S., Truchelut pointed out the odds were at 30-35 percent.
Brian McNoldy noted that after September 4, things should be clearer on where Irma is headed.
“The farther north it goes, the more likely it becomes that it will recurve to the north and away from land. But if it stays farther south, away from weaknesses in a large area of high pressure in the subtropics (to its north), it can keep cruising toward the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and possibly the United States,” he wrote.
Forecasts have had the ‘honor’ to announce nine storms this year, while America is looking at a 14-19 storms total.
Out of all storms in a year, only six are named hurricanes, while merely three represent a serious threat.
Nonetheless, it’s better to be safe, than sorry!