Hurricane Irma: Live updates 

Posted: 3:34 pm Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

By Eric "Hollywood" Davis STAR 94.5


Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a dangerous Category 5 storm early Tuesday as it churned through the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center revealed in a 7:45 a.m. advisory that Irma’s sustained wind strength had increased to 175 mph.

Sep 5, 2017 2:21 PM EDTOfficials shared images from inside the eye of Irma on Tuesday afternoon as meteorologists warned that sustained winds had reached 185 mph.

Sep 5, 2017 12:35 PM EDTIrma is moving toward the Leeward Islands. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a video loop of its movement on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials in Florida have already started to issue evacuation orders, some mandatory, in anticipation of Irma’s arrival in the state.

Sep 5, 2017 11:52 AM EDTIrma continues to strengthen as it churns over the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jose has formed in Irma’s wake.

Irma’s path remained unclear.