Hurricane Irma may reach Category 4 status tonight as long-range models continue to show the storm threatening the eastern seaboard.
"Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale," the National Hurricane Center explained. Maximum sustained winds are 120 miles per hour.
Different models diverge widely on where the hurricane may strike landfall -- a reminder of the unreliability of forecasting this far out.
Hurricane #Irma looks very impressive on GOES-16 satellite imagery this evening. Wouldn't be surprised if it become… https://t.co/SWqfHUhVk5— Hurricane Tracker App (@Hurricane Tracker App) 1504308730.0
Hoping this is NOT the final outcome for #Irma From our most recent computer model run for next week! #Fox35… https://t.co/4YCbXZS5sb— Glenn Richards FOX 35 (@Glenn Richards FOX 35) 1504310806.0
Both GFS (1st image) and EURO (2nd image) follow a similar flavor w/ #Irma passing just north of Caribbean Is., the… https://t.co/5VqeyZAyZn— Jackson Dill (@Jackson Dill) 1504305720.0
Tonight's sunset over major Hurricane #Irma. This storm ain't messing around. https://t.co/Xbu3ELHlL2— Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus) 1504301372.0
These are the highest windspeed forecasts I've ever seen in my 10 yrs of Atlantic hurricane forecasting. #Irma is a… https://t.co/4WiIO8Yr3R— MJVentrice (@MJVentrice) 1504219078.0
Ok who wrote the model where Cat5 Hurricane Irma specifically destroys D.C.? https://t.co/z0twolb9TL— Ben Sawyer (@Ben Sawyer) 1504220238.0