Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 3 over eastern Atlantic
Irma 'expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days'
Hurricane Irma on Thursday strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane over the eastern Atlantic and was headed towards the Caribbean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.
In an earlier statement at 11 a.m. ET, the NHC said Irma is "expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days."
Irma is located about 3,000 kilometres east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
NHC forecast models were showing it heading for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti with possible landfall by the middle of next week.
Hurricane <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Irma?src=hash">#Irma</a> Advisory 6: Irma Becomes a Category 3 Hurricane Over the Eastern Atlantic. <a href="https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM">https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM</a>—@NHC_Atlantic
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Irma?src=hash">#Irma</a> has continued to strengthen over the eastern Atlantic and is now a major hurricane. Details at <a href="https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb">https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb</a> <a href="https://t.co/gRAl1hzRnN">pic.twitter.com/gRAl1hzRnN</a>—@NHC_Atlantic
With files from CBC News