Tropical Storm Irma forms west of Cabo Verde Islands

FORT MYERS, Fla. Tropical Storm Irma formed Wednesday morning west of the Cabo Verde Islands, the National Hurricane Center said.

“This is going to be a hurricane. A major hurricane is possible,” WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt said.

Tropical Storm Irma had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph with higher gusts at around 5 p.m., the hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Irma is expected to become a hurricane Thursday or Friday, the hurricane center said.