Hurricane Irma Projected to Hit Florida this Weekend

MAP - Hurricane Irma Path - September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma continues its path through the Caribbean today as a category 5 storm - a major hurricane - with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

Irma is expected to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall that could produce flooding and mudslides to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Wednesday. Hurricane warnings are in effect for those areas, and officials warn that preparations for the storm's impacts should be completed quickly.

Hurricane Irma Reaches Category 5 – Continuing Toward US

MAP - Hurricane Irma Path - September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma continued to strengthen overnight and has now reached Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds at 175 miles per hour. While the storm's strength will fluctuate, it is expected to remain a Category 4 or 5 storm for several days.

The storm formed over the Atlantic Ocean last week, and rapidly became a major hurricane - those storms reaching Category 3 and above - as it tracks west.

Hurricane Irma Now Category 4 – Tracking Toward US

MAP - Hurricane Irma - September 4, 2017

Hurricane Irma, which formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean last week, continued to gain strength as it continues on a path that currently takes it towards the continental United States.

The storm reached Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale Monday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Irma is moving west at 13 mph. The storm is expected to remain on a westerly path into Tuesday before turning slightly toward the northwest later in the day.

September Marks Suicide Prevention Month - VA Says 'Be There'

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The message from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the friends and families of Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month is simple: Be There.

"We know that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died in this country from suicide, which is 20 too many," said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. "This is a national public health crisis requiring a national public health approach. When it comes to preventing Veteran suicide, VA can't - and should not - do this alone."