Hurricane Irma could pose threat to South Florida next week

Hurricane Irma has the potential of threatening South Florida next week, but the forecast wasn't clear yet Thursday night. 

The powerful storm continued to intensify and follow the strengthening track of Hugo, Floyd and Ivan -- some of the largest and most intense hurricanes forming near the Cape Verde Islands.  

Irma continued strengthening as a Category 3 storm early Friday morning. As of 11 p.m., Irma's maximum sustained winds were at 115 mph.

strong high-pressure ridge over the Atlantic is likely to continue steering the hurricane westward, and then west southwestward through the weekend. 

The European Model, also known as the ECMWF, keeps the storm at risk of impacting the Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles by Wednesday.  

Early next week, South Florida residents will need to pay close attention to changes in the track of Irma, as the storm moves into an environment of minimum wind shear and warm waters.

A ridge of high pressure over the Atlantic could weaken and allow Irma to stay out at sea. But if the ridge strengthens, the force will put Irma on a track that could pose a threat to South Florida residents next week. 

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