At 5AM, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 17.9 North, longitude 62.6 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (moving away faster), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds remain near 185 mph (295 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane.
Antigua and Barbuda remain under hurricane watch. Residents have reported difficulty in receiving communications from Barbuda where the brunt of the storm was determined to have hit.
The dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands this morning, move near or
over portions of the northern Virgin Islands later today, and pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight.