Hurricane Irma is seen approaching the Bahamas as a Category 4 storm, while Hurricane Jose nears the Leeward Islands. Meanwhile, Hurricane Katia moves through the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit southern Florida on Sunday morning, and mandatory evacuations are underway for 1.4 million people in Florida and Georgia. Hurricane Irma strengthened into a highly dangerous Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it barreled toward the Caribbean and the southern United States, threatening deadly winds, storm surges and flooding as Texas and Louisiana was still reeling from devastating Hurricane Harvey.
What to Expect From Hurricane Irma. Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches across the northern Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.