Irma a Category 4 hurricane as it heads for Caribbean - Houston Chronicle

Chron| Mon Sep 04 20:04:58 EDT 2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday as it approached the northeastern Caribbean and was forecast to begin buffeting the region Tuesday. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph late Monday afternoon, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected. Irma was centered 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving west at 13 mph. Emergency officials warned that the storm could dump up to 10 inches of rain, unleash landslides and dangerous flash floods and generate waves of up to 23 feet as the storm drew closer. "We're looking at Irma as a very significant event," Ronald Jackson, executive director of t..

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