According to the The National Hurricane Centre, (NHC), located in Florida, USA, Hurricane Igor is already packing winds of 150 MPH, just five short of what would make it a Category 5 hurricane, which is the most dangerous and most destructive of all storms.
The system at 5am Monday was approximately 904 miles east of the Northern Leewards, moving at a speed of 10 miles per hour. Hurricane-force winds extend as far as 40 miles out and tropical storm-force winds, as far as 160 miles.
It is travelling west into the islands of St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Maarten and St. Barths, but the NHC is predicting that it will turn to a WNW position and then NW, eventually most likely passing 500 miles north of St. Kitts & Nevis and the rest of the Leewards.
If this prediction holds true, residents in the federation would still experience some effects, including high winds and surf, but would be spared the more dangerous end of the hurricane.
Igor is said to be well developed, with a clearly defined eye, and the potential to get even stronger.
Given the current speed, Igor could pass the islands around Wednesday and Thursday.
It has been three years since a Category 5 hurricane has been recorded as part of the annual Atlantic Season storm parade. In 2007 there were two such killer storms with Dean and Felix, both making landfall.