Americas: Hurricane Irma - Information Bulletin N° 1

The Situation

According to the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC), Hurricane Irma’s centre was located near latitude 18.8 north, longitude 39.1 west at 5 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST) (2100 Coordinated Universal Time [UTC]). Irma is moving toward the west at around 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the west-south-west is expected by tomorrow, 2 September 2017. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, as maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h), with higher gusts; while fluctuations in strength (up or down) are possible over the next few days, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 964 mb (28.47 inches).