Hurricane Irma reached Category Three strength on Thursday, August 31, and is predicted to reach Category 4 soon, says the National Hurricane Center. Starting out as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa, Irma reached the Central Atlantic the next day. Within 6 hours, she reached tropical storm status. At 4:00 Eastern Daylight Time, Irma reached Category 3 strength.
On the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, Category Three and above has incredibly damaging winds, torrential rain, and high storm surge. Three, Four and Five cyclones are considered a major hurricane. It may be too soon to wonder, but will Irma make landfall as a major hurricane or will she never touch land?