Hurricane Ike is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane as it continues its march over the open waters of the western Atlantic. As it moves west, it could present major problems for the Bahamas, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast early next week, possibly as a major category 3 or 4 hurricane.
The forecast and computer models are fairly consistent with the forecast path of Ike moving a bit southwest north of the Greater Antilles through the early part of the weekend. However, there are a few differences in the hurricane`s possible track early next week in a few of the computer models. Many of them have Ike going through the Bahamas and approaching the southeast Florida Coast. A few computer models have it turning it to the north at the Bahamas, while others send it across the southern Bahamas and into eastern Cuba. Nearly all models maintain Ike as a major hurricane through the weekend.
It is still way too early to determine Ike`s exact path. WeatherBug meteorologists will be watching development over the next several days. This storm could have a significant consequence for Florida, the northern Caribbean and even the East Coast.