IRMA BECOMES A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE OVER THE EASTERN ATLANTIC

MIAMI, Florida- NHC is issuing advisories on Hurricane Irma, located over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean – www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Irma- and the Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Harvey, located over northern Mississippi – www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/#page=ovw

Elsewhere over the Atlantic basin tonight, a tropical wave emerging over the far eastern Atlantic is moving westward at about 15 mph. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development over the weekend and early next week while the system moves well to the south and southwest of the Cabo Verde Island – it has a medium chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.

Also, an area of low pressure could form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, however, environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation by that time. It has a low chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days. Interests along the Texas and Louisiana coasts are encouraged to consult products from their local NWS Forecast Office – www.weather.gov – for more information about impacts from any non-tropical weather systems.

Get the latest on the tropics overnight by going directly to the NHC website at www.hurricanes.gov