As the United States focuses on relief efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey and its historic rainfall, Hurricane Irma is rapidly intensifying in the open Atlantic. On Thursday, it was named a large Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph. CNN reports that Irma poses a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially the southeast United States next week. The forecast picture should become clearer after the weekend; any impact from the storm shouldn't be felt until next Tuesday in the Leward Islands and Puerto Rico.
Source: Miami Herald