Irma Rapidly Intensifies into 100 miles per hour Category 2 Atlantic Hurricane

93L chances bumped to 100 percent, should Florida worry about this Atlantic system?

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from Irma's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend out up to 80 miles. This general motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday.

The U.S.is still coping with Harvey, now a tropical depression. It has sustained winds of 115 miles per hour with gusts up to 132 miles per hour. National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake said in an NHC discussion Irma slowed down a bit, allowing it to fester over warm water, likely leading to its rapid intensification.

Irma will be a growing concern for the Lesser Antilles over the next week with the rest of the Caribbean and Southeastern United States keeping a close eye on this storm.

Irma became the ninth named Atlantic storm of the season on Wednesday.

It is much too soon to speculate on any potential USA threat late next week or the following weekend.

The forecast for Irma is very uncertain and the two most reliable models couldn't be further apart in their forecasts.

That model, showing the many potential paths of Irma, was created by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, and at least a few of the predicted paths within it show Hurricane Irma bearing down on the Lowcountry.

Tropical Storm Irma came within 500 miles of the Azores before petering out on October 5, according to the National Weather Service.

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