Hurricane Irma hits category 3; US officials sends out advisory as it heads towards Caribbean

Hurricane Irma on Thursday strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane over the eastern Atlantic and was headed towards the Caribbean

Reuters September 01, 2017 12:06:13 IST
Hurricane Irma hits category 3; US officials sends out advisory as it heads towards Caribbean

Miami: Hurricane Irma on Thursday strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane over the eastern Atlantic and was headed towards the Caribbean, the US National Hurricane Center(NHC) said in its latest advisory.

Hurricane Irma hits category 3 US officials sends out advisory as it heads towards Caribbean

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The hurricane was about 720 miles (1,160 km) west of the Cabo Verde islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

NHC forecast models were showing it heading for the US territory of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti with possible landfall by the middle of next week.

Irma gathered strength quickly, rising to hurricane status less than 24 hours after forming as a tropical storm.

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