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Hurricane Irma strengthens to a category 3 storm

Tracking Irma. (WPEC)

Irma is now a major category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

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From the National Hurricane Center:

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...17.3N 34.8W

ABOUT 720 MI...1160 KM W OF THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS

ABOUT 1780 MI...2865 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...967 MB...28.56 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located

near latitude 17.3 North, longitude 34.8 West. Irma is moving

toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). This motion is

expected to continue today, followed by a westward turn on Saturday,

and a west-southwestward motion by Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h)

with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Fluctuations in strength,

both up and down, are possible, but Irma is expected to remain a

powerful hurricane for several days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the

center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles

(130 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 967 mb (28.56 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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