After weakening slightly Friday morning, Hurricane Irma’s winds increased during the afternoon, reclassifying the storm as a category 3 storm as it continued on a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early next week.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 120 mph, becoming a major hurricane once again.
Irma was moving west at 13 mph and that general motion was forecast to continue through Friday.
The storm is currently about 2,405 miles east of the Leeward Islands.
Forecasters said Irma was expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.