HOLT, Fla., Sept. 5, 2017–Hurricane Irma is now a category five storm.
The National Hurricane Center increased its predictions based on recent Hurricane Hunter aircraft reconnaissance missions.
According to the NHC, Irma is now a very dangerous category five storm with 175 mph winds. The center expects those winds to increase to 180 mph in the next 12 hours before reducing to 155 mph by day five.
The strong high-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean is keeping Irma on a general westward track for the next 24 hours, causing Irma to inch closer to Florida before making a turn north-northwest.