At 11:00 am, category three Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.5 degrees north and longitude 37.8 degrees west or about 1,580 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west north west near 13mph with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph.

The center of the system is projected to move just northeast of the area by Tuesday into Wednesday of next week.

Interests in Dominica are advised to monitor the progress of this system and to make all the necessary preparations as Irma continues to move towards the Lesser Antilles.

Meanwhile, weak unstable conditions due to the presence of a tropical wave and a weak trough are expected to result in occasional cloudiness and scattered showers across the island chain during the next 24 hours.

Slight to moderate seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours with waves peaking near 5.0 feet.