Hurricane Irma upgraded again and could strengthen to Category 5 next week as new models disagree whether it will hit the Carolinas or Florida and Cuba

Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

Irma was upgraded to Category 3 storm again on Friday after it was downgraded to a Category 2 earlier that day
The storm had sustained wind speeds of 115mph as of late Friday night
Irma was first bumped up to a Category 3 Thursday – one day ahead of schedule
Forecasters say it will get worse, and is expected to reach Category 4 Tuesday
It could go northwest, hitting North and South Carolina on Sunday September 10
Or it could hit lower and hit Florida and Cuba; at present its path is unclear

By Cheyenne Roundtree and James Wilkinson
2 September 2017

Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a Category 3 once again but the storm could strengthen into a Category 5 by next week when it is expected to hit land.

US and European models disagree on whether Irma will slam into the Carolinas or rock Florida and Cuba with its sustained wind speeds of 115mph as of Friday night.

The computers agree that the storm will continue to intensify, although it has seen fluctuation and was briefly downgraded to a Category 2 on Friday morning.

Although experts aren’t sure exactly where it will hit yet, Irma is set to be powerful as the natural disaster is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 by Tuesday.

The National Weather Service placed the storm far out in the Atlantic as of late Friday night, with sustained wind speeds of 115mph and moving west at 14mph, headed towards the Leeward Islands.

Meteorologist Troy Bridges said to News 6: ‘The American models take it to the Carolinas by next Sunday (Sept. 10).

‘The European models have it going to Cuba and possibly threatening South Florida. It’s just too early to tell.’

The hurricane weakened a bit on Friday at 11am, downgrading from a Category 2 but returning to its previous strength by 5pm on Friday, reported Click Orlando.

Irma was first upgraded to a Category 3 on Thursday – a day ahead of schedule – after it was already upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 2 earlier that day.

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