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Only a few days after Hurricane Harvey poured record rainfall on Houston, Texas, and the surrounding area - damaging tens of thousands of homes and claiming at least 60 lives - eyes are turning to the building Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane is proceeding over the Atlantic towards Florida, and according to Nasa:

Irma is an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. 

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.

Its tied for the second strongest storm ever observed in the Atlantic.

Taylor Trogdon is a senior scientist at the National Hurricane Center, and he tweeted about Irma's satellite imagery.

His harrowing words have obviously not gone down well on Twitter:

Trogdon has tweeted and retweeted some other pieces of advice for those in the path of Irma:

A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for:

  • Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis
  • Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten
  • Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy
  • British Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra
  • Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti
  • Guadeloupe

It's not currently known which trajectory Irma will take and whether it will make landfall on Florida, but it's certainly concerning for residents.

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