Powerful Hurricane Irma could be next weather disaster

( CNN) While a great deal of attention remains on Texas and the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey and its historic rainfall, powerful Hurricane Irma is rapidly intensifying in the open Atlantic and poses a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially to the United States next week.

With the blizzard still five days away from the outermost Caribbean islands and at the least a week away from any possible US affects, there is still a great deal of doubts about where it will go.

The range of possibilities presented by the forecast simulates more than a week out literally spreads from Mexico to Canada — and everywhere in between.