Hurricane Irma is continuing its westward track across the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said.
Irma has strengthened to a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of about 115 mph, according to our affiliate WPEC_TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Although there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the northern Leeward Islands should closely monitor Irma's progress.
Irma is a small hurricane with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 70 miles, the hurricane center said.
However, the hurricane is expected to grow in size during the next couple of days.
The official forecast from hurricane center moves Irma toward the WSW close to the Leeward Islands. Then it bends toward the WNW and NW moving east of the Bahamas. By next weekend Irma could be anywhere from 200 to 400 or more miles to the east of South Florida, according to the Euro and GFS Models respectively. Both models currently suggest South Florida would miss hurricane conditions. However, these tracks will change for better or worse and from model run to model run. It's still too early to tell just exactly where Irma will go.
This report was provided by Sabrina Lolo with our affiliate WPEC-TV.