Hurricane Irma is likely to be the next major hurricane

Hurricane Irma strengthens as it heads toward Leeward Islands

At 4 a.m. Sunday, the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.0 North, longitude 47.5 West. Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 15 miles per hour, and this course at a slightly slower forward speed is expected through tonight.

Fluctuations - both strengthening and weakening - are expected for Irma, but overall it is expected to remain a powerful hurricane for several days.

"The eye of Irma is a little less distinct in geostationary satellite images this morning, which suggests that the intensity of the hurricane may be fluctuating yet again", the NHS said Sunday morning.

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As of 5 AM Friday, Irma was located 840 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands and holding steady as a strong category 3 hurricane. "It's still unclear if these islands will take a direct hit or just be brushed by the outer bands of the storm", CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.

Speculation continues to fly around the path of Hurricane Irma as it edged ever closer to the Caribbean on Saturday.

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The Atlantic hurricane season is in its peak period, which runs from mid-August to late October.

A few models now keep the storm off the United States' East Coast, but a lot can change in a week with a storm of this magnitude.

Irma formed after Hurricane Harvey, which left serious devastation in Texas last week.

Hurricane Irma has become a monster storm that is projected to reach Category 4 strength, with winds up to 140 miles per hour, by next week.

An average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, according to the NOAA.

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