Weather forecasters are warning that another powerful hurricane may be heading straight for the U.S.
Hurricane Irma, which is currently about 500 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, is likely to escalate from a Category 2 to Category 4 or 5 storm, Mashable reports.
It is likely to hit the Leeward Islands on Sept. 5 and Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and possibly the mainland U.S. afterward, thus threatening the East Coast. However, it is still too early to tell the exact kind of path it will follow.
Particularly worrisome is the fact Hurricane Irma formed off the west coast of Africa. This makes it a Cape Verde storm, and thus more likely to hit the U.S.
Hurricane Andrew -- the most recent Category 5 storm to wreak havoc across the U.S., in 1992 -- was one such storm.
Yet there is a chance Irma may steer away from the U.S. mainland. It is common for such hurricanes to head towards the East Coast before recurving due to westerly winds.
The hurricane will not affect Houston, Texas, a city currently being ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
As of 7:58 AM on Aug. 31, CNN reports the storm has claimed at least 39 lives. The hurricane forced over 30,000 Texans to seek refuge in shelters.
Sources: Mashable, CNN / Featured Image: Naval Research Laboratory/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Image: National Hurricane Center/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West/Wikimedia Commons