Category 5 Hurricane Irma Hits The Atlantic & Islands

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With Texas still suffering from Hurricane Harvey, the gulf coast of the U.S. could be seeing the eye of a new storm soon.

According to Accuweather, Category 5 Hurricane Irma is expected to threaten the northern Caribbean this week.

“Irma is expected to bring deteriorating and perhaps devastating conditions across the Leeward Islands into Wednesday,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

By Tuesday morning, the storm had strengthened with winds of 180 mph (285 km/h), making it the strongest storm in the Atlantic Basin since 2007. Irma will pass near or over the Leeward Islands Tuesday night into Wednesday.

With talks of possibly hitting landfall near Florida, other locations that will be effected are: Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as the Puerto Rico.

There are threats of damaging winds, flooding and mudslides.

Amounts of 4 to 8 inches of rain can be expected on the islands.

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