Hurricane Irma upgraded to dangerous Category 5 storm as Caribbean islands brace for impact

Sept 5 (Reuters) – Hurricane Irma strengthened into a highly dangerous Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it barreled toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, even as Texas and Louisiana still reeled from devastating Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane warnings were in effect for much of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as the storm packed winds of up to 175 miles per hour (280 km/h), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

“Irma becomes an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane,” the NHC said on Tuesday, adding that it could strengthen. “Preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area.” Category 5 is the highest NHC designation.

Source: Hurricane Irma upgraded to dangerous Category 5 storm as Caribbean islands brace for impact

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