Hurricane Irma now a category 5 storm with maximum winds of 175 mph

Hurricane Irma is now a category 5 storm with maximum winds of 175 MPH.

The storm could move near South Florida on Saturday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency statewide in response to the storm.

We're tracking the timing of the rain and storms on Channel 2 Action News throughout the day. 

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says Irma is a major storm that will intensify over the next 5 days. 

Irma is expected to impact the northeastern Leeward Islands by the middle of this week as a major hurricane, accompanied by dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts, along with rough surf and rip currents. 

[DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's weather app for severe weather alerts]

Hurricane watches have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands and additional hurricane or tropical storm watches may be required on Monday.  Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Irma and listen to advice given by officials.


According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is expected to remain a dangerous major hurricane through the upcoming week and could directly affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas.

Residents in all of these areas should monitor the progress of Irma and listen to advice given by officials. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued for the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.

It is too early to determine what direct impacts Irma might 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.

Rescheduling Flights

Delta Airlines released the following statement on Hurricane Irma: 

"Due to Hurricane Irma, travel to/from/through the cities below might be impacted. Check flight status frequently for up-to-the-minute info about your flight plans, or get updates sent directly to your mobile device or by email with One Time Flight Notification.

If you wish to cancel your trip as a result of a flight cancellation or significant delay (90 minutes or more), you are entitled to a refund for the unused portion of your ticket. Even if your flight is not canceled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination(s) on Delta, Delta Connection®, or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods listed below.

You may contact Reservations Sales to make changes to your itinerary. Additional collection in fares may apply. See Conditions & Restrictions below." 

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.