Friday, September 1, 2017

Powerful Hurricane Irma haunts the open Atlantic as forecasters try to discern it's path


Hurricane Irma is only about 24 hours old, but it's already proving to be an unusual and worrying storm. 

Having rapidly intensified from a tropical storm early Thursday into a Category 3 "major" hurricane about 12 hours later, Irma continues to move westward over the open ocean between the Leeward Islands and Africa. It is now just one of a few hurricanes in modern history to intensify so quickly that far east in the Atlantic.

Computer models are insistent that the storm will remain a force to be reckoned with during its long journey westward, as it follows steering currents around a sprawling area of high pressure parked over the northwest Atlantic.  Read more...

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