* * * Irma has strengthened to an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said in its advisory at am AST.
According to the Hurricane center, NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft data indicate Hurricane Irma has intensified into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts.
Hurricane #Irma is now expected to *exceed* the theoretical maximum intensity for a storm in its environment. https://t.co/e4h Pj Qt159 — Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus) September 5, 2017 Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello urged the 3.4 million residents of the U. territory to seek refuge in one of 460 hurricane shelters before the storm is expected to hit as early as Tuesday night. President Donald Trump to declare a federal state of emergency even before the storm passes to allow disbursement of U. “I wasn’t that nervous yesterday, but today I‘m nervous,” Randall said by telephone, adding that he expected the hotel’s beach to be swept away and much of the 108-room property to be flooded.Airlines have canceled flights across the Caribbean and are adding planes to evacuate tourists, while cruise-line stocks have tumbled.A strike on Florida would be the first time since 1964 that the U. was hit by back-to-back storms of Category 3 or more and only the second time since 1851, Henson said.Irma is a an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.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.The Irma hits just keep on coming, with the NHC Atlantic Ops twitter page reporting that as of this moment, Irma is now the stronger hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico in NHC records.