Sadly, as thousands of Texans are still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, another hurricane, Irma threatens Florida. Governor Scott has already declarated a state of emergency as Floridians brace for the upcoming and devastating storm. Thousands of Floridians clogged stores in line for water and basic supplies today, as several more began their evacuation journey North. In the meantime, Hurricane Irma has already hit the Carribean.
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Recent video of Hurricane Irma making landfall in the Caribbean revealed just how powerful the storm is.
The video, uploaded to Youtubeby PTZtv, was reportedly footage from St. Martin’s Maho Beach camera at a AAA Rent-A-Car in the area.
The winds in this hurricane are reaching a devastating 185 mph and the video shows just how powerful that is as trees can be seen bending in the wind.
The National Hurricane Center has warned that the life-threatening storm is capable of catastrophic damage, and it is easy to see why from this video.
Irma is shaping up to be a monster, and everyone in the path of this hurricane should take warnings seriously.
The hurricane passed directly over Barbuda and St. Martin and was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in that region.
As Irma passed over Barbuda, a weather station in the area registered wind gusts to 155 mph before going offline. The rise in water reached nearly 8 feet.
Irma is forecast to weaken to a Category 4 or 5 storm over the next two days, but that doesn’t mean she will be any less dangerous.
According to the National Hurricane Center, The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km per hour), moved away from the island of Barbuda and toward the island of St. Martin,..
…then, east of Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday.
The French government has said that the four “most solid” buildings on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin have been destroyed by Irma as the Hurricane wreaked catastrophic damage in the region.
The French government also said there are electrical blackouts and widespread flooding on the islands of St Barthélemy and St Martin.
The amount of damage and the number of casualties were not known early on Wednesday.
The NHC said Irma ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes during the past 80 years and the strongest Atlantic basin storm ever outside the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
On Tuesday evening, President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, mobilizing federal disaster relief efforts, the White House said.
Meanwhile, as the Hurricane approaches Florida, local authorities called for a mandatory evacuation of visitors in the Florida Keys to start at sunrise on Wednesday, and public schools throughout South Florida were ordered closed, some as early as Wednesday.
Residents of low-lying areas in densely populated Miami-Dade County were urged to move to higher ground by Wednesday as a precaution against coastal storm surges, three days before Irma was expected to make landfall in Florida. It is likely that an evacuation for Miami will be called later today.
According to the latest meteorological forecasts, there is now a 50% chance for major hurricane force winds from Irma on Sunday-Monday in Miami.
Adding to concerns, the City of Miami warned resident to watch out for construction cranes, built to withstand 145 mph winds. Some advice from the city:
- Do no stay in a building next to a crane
- Comply with evacuation orders (if and when the city issues them)
- If you live in a high-rise building and do not evacuate, take shelter in an enclosed concrete stairwell
As reported yesterday, should Irma hit Miami with the same force as a Category 4 storm that struck in 1926, insured losses would reach $125 billion to $130 billion, according to a Barclays analysis. Uninsured losses would be on top of that. Across the Caribbean the cost of damage could easily reach $8 billion to $10 billion.
Only three Category 5 hurricanes have hit the contiguous 48 U.S. states, according to Weather Underground: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 that devastated the Florida Keys, Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Andrew that cut across Florida in 1992.
Finally, following close on the heels of Irma is Tropical Storm Jose, which is expected to become a full blown Hurricane on Wednesday night, while Tropical Storm Katia has developed in the Gulf of Mexico…
Stay tuned folks. Things could get really ugly.
Our prayers are with all those in Texas, as well as, in Florida and surrounding states that could be hit by this devasting storm. Please follow hurricane guidelines and directions when it comes to your safety and others. Don’t take this lightly. Be prepared.
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