Hurricane Irma now dangerous category 5 storm

Hurricane Irma now dangerous category 5 storm

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Hurricane Irma is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mph with higher gusts. The hurricane is now approaching the northern Leeward Islands. Below is the latest forecast for the future track from the National Hurricane Center.

A cold front is expected to arrive in the Pine Belt early Wednesday morning. That is very good news for us at this time as the weather system driving the front through will likely prevent the storm from  reaching our area as it is expected to pull the hurricane to the north before it reaches the central Gulf of Mexico.

As with any weather system, things can change so we urge you stay up with the latest forecasts on Hurricane Irma over the next several days.

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