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Hurricane Irma remains powerful as it moves through Atlantic

It's still too soon to say how Irma may impact the U.S. coast, but it's one people should keep an eye on as it churns its way west with winds more than 100 mph. (Source: NHC) It's still too soon to say how Irma may impact the U.S. coast, but it's one people should keep an eye on as it churns its way west with winds more than 100 mph. (Source: NHC)

(RNN) - Category 3 Hurricane Irma is packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as its moves west-southwest at 15 mph.

It's still too soon to say how Irma may impact the U.S. coast, but it's a storm Americans living along the coasts should watch.

At 5 p.m.. ET Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said Irma was located about 790 miles east of the Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. Irma is predicted to turn toward the west Monday. 

 Several new Hurricane Watches have been issued in the past 12 hours. The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Watch for the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis. The government of the Netherlands has issued a Hurricane Watch for the islands of Saba, St. Eustatius and Saint Maarten. France's government issued a Hurricane Watch for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. 

Fluctuations in strength are possible over the next few days, but forecasters expect Irma to remain a powerful hurricane into early next week.

The storm may impact some dry air, and forecasters expect a minimal change in strength as the storm moves.

Irma currently has no hazards affecting land.

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