Hurricane Irma is gaining speed very quickly as she heads across the Atlantic Ocean and meteorologists think it could be one of the worst storms in U.S. History.

While the path of Irma is not set in stone by any means, it does have meteorologists all along the eastern coast of the U.S. keeping a very close eye on it already.

Irma is already a category 3 hurricane (the same strength Hurricane Katrina was when she made landfall) and is expected to potentially grow into a category 5 storm, with sustained winds over 180 mph.

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Irma's current path has her making landfall on the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico by Tuesday or Wednesday, then moving on to Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, Cuba and the Bahamas late week into next weekend.

Whether or not Irma hits the U.S at all and what her strength may be when that happens is still unclear, but residents on the East and Gulf Coasts are being strongly encouraged to keep an eye on this storm.

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