As Texas continues to grapple with the dire effects of Hurricane Harvey, it appears a new hurricane has formed in the Atlantic — and the forecasts are at least a little scary.
The National Hurricane Center warned that Hurricane Irma is now “rapidly intensifying over the Eastern Atlantic” and issued an advisory about the storm’s powerful winds.
“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts,” the statement read. “Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for
the next several days.”
It’s unclear where the storm will head next, though. USA Today has more:
As of 11 a.m. ET, Irma was located about 1,845 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.
It poses no immediate threat to land and its eventual track remains highly uncertain as is typical for storms this far out to sea.
Irma will take about a week to trek west across the Atlantic Ocean, AccuWeather said.
The Washington Post reported that “its path puts the Caribbean and the Southeast U.S. coast at risk,” but, regardless of what happens, there’s also another storm pattern that’s possibly set to develop in the Gulf of Mexico — and it could pose some concerns.
That storm is set to unfold in the coming days and, according to the Post, could have an impact on Texas or other eastern areas late next week. Even if it’s a weak storm, that, too, could produce additional rains and flooding.
Read more about it here, and, in the meantime, pray for those dealing with Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.