Hurricane Irma has already is seen leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean. The Hurricane is recorded at a speed of 185 miles per hour and has been ranked as the most powerful hurricanes (as measured by wind speed) that were ever recorded in the past. Also, the 20-feet storm surge left the French part of the island of St. Martin with most of the land destroyed.
On Wednesday, the monster Irma storm first made landfall at 1.47 am. The fierce storm hit the leeward (i.e. northeastern) Caribbean islands again moving through Barbuda and St. Martin. The New York Times has reported widespread damage to property, homes, and infrastructure on these and other islands. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda informed the reporters Barbuda “is totally destroyed — 90 percent at least.”
Prime minister, Gaston Browne, said 60% of the island’s 1,400 people were now homeless after 90% of structures were destroyed. There is a threat to life and property from the Eastern Caribbean to the Gulf Coast.
This most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean has risen to eight as the category 5 storm advanced across the northern Caribbean towards the US mainland on early Thursday morning.
Irma is expected to graze by the Dominican Republic and Haiti and by the later part of Thursday, it will be near Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas. All of these islands can expect tropical-storm force winds (at least), heavy rainfall, and coastal storm surge.
American authorities ordered mandatory evacuations from Miami Beach and other areas of Miami-Dade County, effective Thursday morning local time, as the US National Hurricane Center said it was increasingly likely Irma would strike Florida by Sunday afternoon.
Donald Trump approved a request from the Florida governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency, adding to declarations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Irma, the record-breaking hurricane moved over Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, leaving 965,000 people without power and 50,000 without water and 14 of the island’s hospitals were left running on emergency power.
Seems like even the best forecasts are uncertain where Irma might land this weekend, meteorologist Eric Berger said on Space City Weather. As per NWS, Irma is the strongest storm ever in the Atlantic.
National Hurricane Center said. “Hurricane watches could be issued for portions of the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula on Thursday.”
The center has stressed on keeping a close watch on those in the potential path of the storm, and to make sure safety, preparedness, and evacuation plans are known and in place.
These types of Hurricanes are filled with three factors – floods from storm surge, heavy rainfall, and damaging winds. The Category 5 storm hits intensely on all three and Irma falls under this category here!
On a scale of 1-10, Irma is now rated at a 5.3.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, informed, “People are concerned, they are scared. Puerto Ricans cannot fathom what a category 5 hurricane is about.”
To track Hurricane Irma 2017, please keep updated with local news and radio.
Prayers are making its way with hope and the whole world believes it hoping to cause less damage!