Hurricane Irma Is Expected To Strengthen; Potential Leeward Islands Threat Next Week Dutch Sint Maarten Government
At 500 PM LST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.5 North, longitude 44.6 West or about 1213 miles east of St. Maarten. Irma is moving a little south of due west near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Irma is currently a small hurricane, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 70 miles (110 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 973 mb (28.74 inches).
The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) will continue to monitor the progress of Irma. Members of the public are advised to monitor the updates on this system. Additionally, all preparations should be made in the event Irma does make landfall.More Sxm Info, Bulletins, Updates