HURRICANE IRMA now Category 5, states of emergency declared

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As Houston, Texas, begins the first stages of recovering from the most expensive hurricane in American history, in comes Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane continued to strengthen Tuesday morning. What was a Category 4 storm on Monday is now being called an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 storm, prompting states of emergency in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida. Leaders from those areas are telling residents to prepare for dangerously-high winds and massive flooding.

Hurricane Irma’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 175 mph, and the storm was located approximately 270 miles east of Antigua, moving west at 14 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory.

You can read the full advisory below, and we ask you to please share this important information with friends and family on social media.

FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER:
Hurricane Irma Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL112017
745 AM AST Tue Sep 05 2017

...HURRICANE IRMA BECOMES A CATEGORY 5 ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE...

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.  A special advisory
will be issued at 800 AM AST (1200 UTC) in lieu of the scheduled
intermediate advisory for Irma.


SUMMARY OF 745 AM AST...1145 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...16.7N 57.7W
ABOUT 270 MI...440 KM E OF ANTIGUA
ABOUT 280 MI...445 KM ESE OF BARBUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...175 MPH...280 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...929 MB...27.44 INCHES


Forecaster Brown/LandseaThis Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Irma nearing the eastern Caribbean. Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday. (NOAA via AP)

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