At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near
latitude 18.5 North, longitude 64.7 West. Irma is moving toward the
west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is
expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast
track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will continue to move
over portions of the Virgin Islands during the next couple of
hours, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or
tonight, pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican
Republic Thursday, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern
Bahamas late Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher
gusts. Irma is a 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.
An unofficial observation on Buck Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands
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