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Hurricane Irma packing winds of 115 mph in Atlantic

Irma is now a major hurricane. (Source: NHC) Irma is now a major hurricane. (Source: NHC)

(RNN) - Irma is now a Category 3 hurricane packing 115 mph winds.  

As of a Thursday 11 p.m. advisory, Irma was located 775 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, and 1,725 miles east of the Leeward Islands, moving west-northwest at 12 mph.

Interests in the U.S. will likely need to keep an eye on the storm's progress.

A west-northwestward motion is expected, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday.

Since Irma is located so far out in the Atlantic, no watches and warnings have been issued yet.

Forecasters said Irma will turn toward a slightly south of westward heading in a couple of days, and it will be a major hurricane by the time it reaches the eastern Caribbean early next week. 

The U.S. is still coping with Harvey, now a tropical depression.

Weather related to Harvey has claimed at least 30 lives and flooded a major metropolitan area with catastrophic, record-breaking rainfall that has driven thousands from their homes. 

A tropical disturbance in the southwest Gulf of Mexico is drifting north but has little chance of development.

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