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Hurricane Irma to intensify later today to Cat 3

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At 5 a.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend.

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There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The center of Irma was located near latitude 19.0 North, longitude 41.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).  A turn toward the west-southwest is expected on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (177km/h) with higher gusts.  

Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend.

The long range forecast for Irma remains very uncertain, but the models are in pretty good agreement that it will be at least a threat to the Leeward Islands by early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb (28.64 inches).

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