National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Irma



Tropical Storm Irma is close to hurricane strength this morning. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Irma is likely to become a hurricane later today and possibly a major hurricane later this weekend.

Irma is centered over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean as of 5 a.m. AST/EDT about 590 miles (950 km) west of the Cabo Verde Islands. A west-northwestward motion is expected today and tonight, followed by a generally westward motion on Friday. Irma is not an immediate threat to land.

Get the latest on Irma on the NHC website