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Meteorology Professor Weighs In On Hurricane Irma

Just barely a week after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, the even bigger Hurricane Irma is barreling over the Caribbean. The storm is currently a Category 5, which is the highest level a hurricane can reach. Winds are blowing over 180 miles per hour.

On Wednesday, Irma leveled the islands of Barbuda and St. Martin. So far Hurricane Irma is blamed for three deaths.

We go now to Florida State University’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies and Mark Bourassa, professor of meteorology.  

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Jorge Valencia joined KJZZ in August 2016 as the station's first senior field correspondent based in Mexico City. His reporting focuses on the business and economics between Arizona and Mexico.Valencia previously covered the North Carolina statehouse in Raleigh for North Carolina Public Radio. He reported on a controversial law that curtailed protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, and on voting rights and environmental policy issues. He also reported on the shooting of three Arab-American students, traveling to Turkey's border with Syria to report on a project the students had started to help Syrian refugees.Valencia began his journalism career covering crime for the Roanoke Times of Virginia and in internships with newspapers including the Wall Street Journal. He has been the recipient of multiple journalism awards for his work in radio and in newspapers. Valencia studied journalism at the University of Maryland and grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.