On Sept. 1 the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a night-time image of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean that showed a tight circulation. Credit:
Credits: NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS, William Straka III
As the Gulf Coast continues to real from the mighty impacts of hurricane Harvey experts are bracing themselves as another tropical threat is gathering strength out in the Atlantic, namely hurricane Irma.
Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane Thursday afternoon, which has since weakened to a Category 2 hurricane, but restrengthening is expected.
“There is the potential for Irma to ramp up to an even more powerful hurricane this weekend,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Irma is expected to reach category 5 next week.
‘The American models take it to the Carolinas by next Sunday (Sept. 10). ‘The European models have it going to Cuba and possibly threatening South Florida. It’s just too early to tell.’