East Coast watching for chance of Hurricane Irma

The East Coast is watching for the chance Hurricane Irma will make landfall there next week.

Irma is currently a category 2 hurricane with winds at 110 mph, the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday.

The storm is “forecast to strengthen back into a major hurricane by Sunday,” according to the National Weather Service.

The National Hurricane Center said it is “much too early to determine what direct impacts Irma will have on the continental United States.”

“Regardless, everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, as we are now near the peak of the season,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted that people should start preparing for the storm. His state may be directly in front of the storm.

“Good to start thinking now about plans,” Rubio tweeted Saturday. “Think through what you will need to do if your area is placed on watch late next week.”

Last month, Harvey made landfall in Texas as a category 4 hurricane and brought devastating flooding to the region.

The storm displaced thousands of people and the number of storm-related deaths continues to rise. Recovery efforts are ongoing.

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