Alert: All eyes on Hurricane Irma as storm becomes a Category 4

While it’s still too early to predict an exact track for Hurricane Irma, forecasters have a message for residents of the East and Gulf coasts: Start preparing now.

 

This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Irma on Sept. 3, 2017.  JOSE ROMERO, AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Hurricane warnings were issued Monday for portions of the Leeward Islands, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Irma is currently a Category 4 storm — Harvey level, according to national weather officials.

“It could go through quickly or slowly,” AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel says. “We’re not sure.”

Still, he suggests people in the potential line of the storm take action. “Have emergency supplies ready,” he says. 

Read more at: USA Today

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