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Hurricane Irma upgraded to Category 3 one day ahead of schedule

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Staff Writer | September 1, 2017
Hurricane Irma has been upgraded for the second time Thursday and is now at Category 3 strength as it continues its voyage westward over the Atlantic Ocean.
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Weather   Irma is projected to speed up to Category 4
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Its winds are now blowing at a sustained 115mph, Pix11 reported.

'Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days,' warned National Weather Service forecaster Eric Blake.

It was already upgraded from tropical storm to Category 2 hurricane on Thursday, and wasn't expected to reach Category 3 until Friday.

It is projected to speed up to Category 4 status - meaning winds of 130mph - by Tuesday.

Worse, one of its possible flight paths would put it on a collision course with the Carolinas by the Sunday after, Click Orlando reported.

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