Tropical Storm Irma forms in the Atlantic

No immediate threat to land, according to 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — Tropical Storm Irma has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC started initiating advisories at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30.

At 11 a.m. the center of Tropical Storm Irma was located 420 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. We’re told the system is forecast to gradually intensify and move west-northwestward to westward at about 15 mph over the tropical Atlantic during the next several days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts, satellite wind data shows.

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Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma could become a hurricane on Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 millibars.

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