Hurricane expert Dr. Ryan Maue says tonight:
Oh my … Hurricane
#Irma just entered “beast mode” … incredible convection flaring. Satellite estimates now > T 7.0 and Category 5.
There it is T 7.0 140-knots Category 5 satellite estimate from ADT (raw) GOES-16:
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK (From NHC)
At 200 AM AST (0600 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located by
an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 16.6 North,
longitude 56.4 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 13 mph
(20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today,
followed by a turn toward the west-northwest Tuesday night.
On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near or over
portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early
Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that
the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (235
km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is
possible during the next 48 hours.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140
miles (220 km).
The minimum central pressure just estimated from a Hurricane Hunter
plane was 939 mb (27.73 inches).
Irma’s projected location on Sunday Morning: