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By: Lisa Montoya, Xiro Xone News September 7, 2017 Updated: 11:32 AM
Making a pathway through the Bahamas, Leeward Islands, the Antilles, and Puerto Rico, hurricane Irma's intensity could fluctuate but meteorologist expect it to stay a Category 4 or 5 storm as it tracks though the Bahamas.
Irma is expected to produce dangerous winds and rain storms with as many as 20 feet of rain in the southern part of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.
So far, the category 5 storm hit the two island nation of Barbuda and Antiqua. According to Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of the island nation, the storm left most of the buildings and structures “barely habitable.” Winds were gusting at 185 Mph leaving one person dead and destruction all around. Irma has caused more than 150 million in damage.
Prime Minister Browne said, “if hurricane Jose turn towards their island, residents will have to be evacuated.”
Computer forecast models continue to shift the storm's track a little farther to the east, early Thursday morning. Currently, most of the models show Irma taking a turn to the north while it is near Hispaniola or Cuba then moving on to Florida's east coast or the northwestern Bahamas.
According to the latest forecast, Irma could make landfall in three or four days and become a major hurricane. However, the hurricane center urged the public not to focus on the center of the hurricane, since Irma seems to be nothing more than a big storm that will be felt far from the eye when it makes landfall.