Irma is an incredibly powerful Category 5 hurricane with winds of 185 mph. The storm is moving west northwest at 16 mph.
Even without a direct hit, life-threatening surf, storm surge, dangerous winds, and heavy rain are impacting many of the islands.
According to French officials, Two people have died in the Caribbean due to the impact of Hurricane Irma.
Irma will move continue to move WNW toward The Bahamas and Cuba on Friday and into Saturday, and near South Florida early Sunday.
In addition to Irma, Hurricane Jose has formed in the Atlantic far from land and well east of Irma. Hurricane Katia has formed in the southern Gulf with sustained winds of 75 mph.
Locally, we have plenty of time to watch this hurricane to see how it progresses. There is still a lot of uncertainty where this storm moves Sunday and Monday.
It is peak hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, so stay on high weather alert through the rest of the month and into October.Stay with Storm Team 3, WSAV and WSAV.com for the latest updates.