GOES-16 Geocolor of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017
GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla at about 7:00 a.m. EDT on September 6, 2017.
According to the latest information from NOAA's National Hurricane Center (issued at 8:00 a.m. EDT on September 6), Irma was located about 15 miles west-southwest of Anguilla and moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Virgin Islands today, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight, and pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Thursday (9/7).
Irma's maximum sustained winds remain near 185 mph with higher gusts, making it a 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.
Image Credit: CIRA
For the latest information on Hurricane Irma, including storm-related hazards likely to affect land, visit the National Hurricane Center's website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.
Please note: GOES-16 data are currently experimental and under-going testing and hence should not be used operationally.