Hurricane Irma Upgraded to Category 5; Will It Hit the United States?

Hurricane Irma is now more dangerous than Hurricane Harvey was.

The National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday that storm has been upgraded to Category 5, and it is predicted to generate wind speeds around 175 MPH. The monster storm is expected to slam the Caribbean in the next few days, which prompted Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and various other places to issue storm warnings ahead of the devastation.

The storm’s exact trajectory is not yet clear, but various weather models say it could possibly hit Florida and other parts of the southeastern United States. Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency, and he is currently working with local officials to prepare for what his office has called a “life-threatening” situation.

The latest forecasts predict the storm will hit Antigua and Saint Martin later today before it heads in the direction of the Leeward Islands. The storm will continue to move towards Puerto Rico and Haiti, where they are likely to face a barrage of rain and intense gusts. Irma is expected to reach Cuba by the end of the week, after which, it might drift north and head towards the Florida Keys.

Irma’s approach comes as the country continues to recover from the destruction Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas last week. The worst of the floods have subsided at this point, but the storm led to dozens of deaths and billions of dollars in damages.

Watch above, via CBS.

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