BREAKING: Now Cat 5, Irma Headed for Florida

As of this morning, Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a category 5 storm, with winds far stronger than Harvey, which hit the Texas coast less than two weeks ago.

Still moving westward, 150 miles east of Antigua in the western Atlantic, the storm now boasts sustained winds of 185 mph, and gusts surpassing 220. Meteorologists measure 190-195 as the strongest storms on earth, and Irma has already taken the mantle of the strongest storm to ever hit the Atlantic. The islands of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and Cuba are on the path’s horizon. It is expected to hit Puerto Rico sometime tomorrow afternoon.

In response, Florida governor Rick Scott has already called for a state of emergency.

To stay tuned to the latest data and tracking on Hurricane Irma, watch NBC 2, or NOAA, and check here for updates.

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