Irma downgraded to category 2 hurricane

Tracking the Tropics

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Hurricane Irma is now a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, September 1, the center of Hurricane Irma was located 1580 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

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Irma remains moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph.

A westerly turn is expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on Saturday.

The system is forecast to be a powerful hurricane for many days over the tropical Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center of the storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles, according to the current advisory.

Hurricane Wind Scale

CategorySustained WindsDamage
174-95 mphVery dangerous winds will produce some damage
296-110 mphExtremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage
3 (Major)111-129 mphDevastating damage will occur
4 (Major)130-156 mphCatastrophic damage will occur
5 (Major)157 mph or higherCatastrophic damage will occur

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. The scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage.

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