TS Irma expected to strengthen


Tropical Storm Irma formed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean today along with a low pressure system in the western Gulf of Mexico. (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017–Tropical Storm Irma formed today around 8 a.m. CDT in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean.

Located west of the Cabo Verde Islands, Irma is traveling at 15 mph with winds at 60 mph.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma is expected to become a hurricane Thursday or Friday.

Irma is expected to turn slightly toward the west-northwest at a slower rate of speed for the next couple of days.

Additionally, the National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure that could form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.

Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur as the low moves slowly northward.

If this system does develop, it could bring additional rainfall to portions of the Texas and Louisiana coasts. However, any rainfall forecast is uncertain at this time and it is too soon to determine any specific impacts, according to the NHC.


This satellite image shows how much storm activity it going on at one time. In addition to Tropical Storm Harvey and the newly formed Tropical Storm Irma in the western Atlantic, there’s the remnants of the storm that cross Florida last week as well as an area of interest in the Pacific south of the Baja Peninsula. This image does not show the potential disturbance inĀ  the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Staff and National Hurricane Center

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