Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic Ocean

"According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 11AM AST (1500 UTC), the centre of Tropical Storm Irma was located near latitude 16.4 north, longitude 30.3 west. Irma is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days", DDM said.

The storm, packing maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts, is moving westerly at 13 miles per hour. Most of the hurricane models strengthen Irma to a moderate to strong tropical storm or Category 1 Hurricane.

For the latest on Irma's path, check here.

Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic Ocean
Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic Ocean

While Tropical Storm Harvey continues to devastate the Gulf Coast, attention starts to shift back toward the Atlantic, where Tropical Storm Irma formed Wednesday.

At seven days, the ensemble European forecast model shows Irma in a location where historically hurricanes have impacted the U.S.

"Thereafter, the ridge builds southwestward, which will likely cause the storm to move, somewhat unusually, toward the west-southwest", Blake wrote. The NHC is projecting that the storm could intensify to hurricane status by Friday morning, though it's still too soon to know whether it'll pose a threat to anyone in the Caribbean or the US.

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