UPDATE: Irma strengthened to a Category 5 earlier this morning. Sustained winds are now at approximately 175 mph. This storm is going to do some serious damage.
Hurricane Irma has been building up strength in the Atlantic Ocean for about a week. It now appears likely to cause some heartache for residents and tourists in the Caribbean later this week.
As of 10pm EDT last night, Hurricane Irma is already a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of approximately 140 mph. The current storm track shows Irma on a path that appears most likely to affect Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas.
There are models that show the storm continuing to strengthen. Models also show it heading West past Florida and North up the East Coast. It seems most models have it hitting Florida and traveling North from there, but I’m not a meteorologist. Your best bet is to stay tuned to weather forecasts for more information.
To my knowledge, there are no weather waivers in place for travel to/from the Caribbean or Florida from any of the airlines.
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Aid organizations are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated large parts of Texas. It’s worrisome that humanitarian aid could be stretched thin by another hurricane. While I’ve been hoping Irma would fizzle out, that doesn’t look likely. Stay tuned to weather forecasts for more up-to-date information.
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