Hurrican Irma has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm and there is an “increasing chance” the storm will impact Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. Irma’s maximum sustained winds have reached 175 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory Tuesday morning. According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category 5 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of at least 157 mph. Irma is about 270 miles east of Antigua — and about 1,400 miles from Key West — and is moving west at 14 mph.
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