Hurricane Irma remains a powerful category 5 hurricane with the likely potential of making a landfall in the Southeast region of the United States by the end of the weekend.
As of 8p et Wednesday, Hurricane Irma was located just north of Puerto Rico with sustained winds of 185 mpg. It is moving northwest at 16 mph.
The forecast cone over the coming days allows for the possibility to impact Cuba directly - or slide along its northern coast - before likely turning towards Florida. As of Wednesday, the 'cone of uncertainty,' the merge of error within the extended forecast, included possible impacts along both the western and eastern coastlines of Florida. Over the coming days, the 'cone of uncertainty' will shrink and it will become clearly on where the storm could make a direct impact.
As of Wednesday, the extended range has residents along the North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Atlantic-coastlines on alert.
We talked about the forecast on the Wednesday night edition of the Carolina Weather Group.