Issued Tuesday night, September 5th 2017. Hurricane Irma has rapidly intensified in the past 6 hours into a Category 5 monster, making it the strongest Atlantic system in more than a decade and it has many places on high alert! Above image – Satellite imagery via NOAA
Irma developed into a Tropical Storm more than a week ago off the Coast of Africa. Since then, Irma has undergone fluctuations of rapid intensified and steadying periods as its tracked at a constant pace and direction towards the West and towards the Bahamas / Antilles Islands. The fluctuations in intensity have been due to water temperatures being only marginally favourable, whilst atmospheric conditions have been exceptionally ideal, its been a matter of which one takes the reins at any given point in time.