The American South could be hit by another hurricane. Hurricane Irma, reports The Wall Street Journal, remains a violent storm as it blows across the Atlantic. The question is: will the cyclone hit the United States?
“Fluctuations in strength, up or down, are possible during the next few days, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend,” reported the National Hurricane Center in its latest forecast.
On Thursday, Irma rapidly intensified going from a Category 2 storm to a Category 3. On the Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category 3 rating classifies it as a major hurricane.
According to the hurricane center, "maximum-sustained winds were 110 miles-per-hour in the most recent reading," and the latest forecast puts the storm on track to hit the Lesser Antilles in the middle of next week.
"Whether the storm could threaten the U.S. mainland, including areas desperate to dry out after a record-breaking drenching from Hurricane Harvey, remains unclear," says the news outlet.
Emergency-management agencies in Florida—including in populous Miami-Dade County—tweeted out advisories about the storm. Additionally, emergency agencies in Volusia County, which is to the north on Florida’s east coast, believe the storm bears close monitoring.
Unfortunately for the South, the Atlantic hurricane season is still in its peak period. The hurricane season runs from mid-August to late October. The hurricane center is also monitoring a storm off the coast of Africa.
Please continue to pray for people in the South, especially as the deal with the threat of another storm. In more positive Harvey news, Famous Houston Native to Donate up to $36M, Wants to Raise Even More.