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Irma rapidly strengthens, likely to become a major Cat 4

Irma is a rapidly strengthening hurricane as of the 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Irma has maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and is moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph. The forecast calls for Irma to continue this motion over the coming days with a gradual southward bend due to a building ridge of high pressure.

Residents in the northeast Caribbean should closely monitor the progress of this storm.

All indications are Irma is likely to become a very powerful hurricane over the coming days. It’s not out of the question that Irma will become a major, possibly strengthening into a category 4 or 5 storm.

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