Hurricane Irma: US eastern seaboard is threatened by second massive storm making landfall

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The US eastern seaboard is bracing itself to be ravaged by a second major hurricane in a matter of weeks.

Hurricane Irma is currently over the Atlantic Ocean with experts predicting a 55-60 per cent chance it will make landfall anywhere between Florida and the mid-Atlantic coastline.

As a Category 3 storm, it is only one notch below the Category 4 Harvey which hit Texas just over a week ago.

Reinsurance brokers JLT Re said the hurricane was picking up pace as it made its way towards the Carribean with "even rare Category 5 strength possible".

Read more: Trump asks Congress for $7.8bn Storm Harvey recovery down-payment

It is most likely to hit north east Caribbean islands first, reaching the Lesser Antilles by Saturday.

"It is hard to rule out any points on the eastern seaboard of the US right now," JLT Re said.

The consensus of model output this weekend shows highest probabilities of landfall in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic. If this panned out, timing would be the middle of the week of September 11.

News that a second hurricane could be heading for the US will up the pressure on Congress to raise the debt ceiling and release billions of dollars of help those affected in Texas and Louisana by Storm Harvey.

Texas governor Greg Abbott has estimated the economic cost of Harvey could top $180bn – more than the fallout of two of the largest storms to hit the US in recent years, Katrina and Sandy.

Read more: Hurricane Harvey will cost more than Sandy and Katrina

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