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One of the deadliest Hurricanes on record, being labelled a 'Superstorm' is on it's way through the Caribbean, heading towards the USA.

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Irma's Impact

For more than a day, monstrous Hurricane Irma has sustained Category 5 winds while ripping through the northern Lesser Antilles. The winds recorded so far have reached as high as 185mph, sustained, with gusts reaching over 220mph. The storm, tied for the second-strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, is charging toward the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the South-Eastern Bahamas and, by the weekend and early next week, Florida and the Southeast U.S.

This is a life-threatening storm that the National Hurricane Center warns is capable of catastrophic damage. Preparations should be rushed to completion near its path.

At 11 a.m. E.T., the storm was 65 miles east-southeast of St. Thomas and was barreling westward at 16 mph, closing in on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the hurricane passed directly over Barbuda and Saint Martin in the northern Leeward Islands, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in that region and tied with the 1935 Florida Keys hurricane as the strongest Atlantic storm to strike land.

As Barbuda took a direct hit, the weather station there clocked a wind gust to 155 mph before it went offline. The storm surge on the island, or the rise in water above normally dry land, reached at least 8 feet.

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Areas affectedby the core winds near the storms eye face devastating wind destruction. The Hurricane Center provides this description of the damage inflicted by Category 5 winds:

"A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months."

Forecasts also call for rainfall totals of 8-12 inches along the path, with isolated amounts up to 20 inches, leading to flash flooding and mudslides especially over any high terrain.

After passing the Virgin Islands, the storm will approach Puerto Rico late Wednesday afternoon or evening. The center may pass just north of Puerto Rico or could pass over its northern section. Either way, destructive winds are likely there, especially over the northeast part of the island, along with 4 to 10 inches of rain (and isolated totals up to 15 inches) and a storm surge of 4 to 6 feet in coastal areas.

After passing Puerto Rico, the storm should then pass just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, where hurricane-force winds and torrential rains are possible.

Later on Thursday, the storm will near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas, where it could push ashore a devastating storm surge of 15 to 20 feet above normally dry land.

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Irma's Projected Route

As the storm heads west, hurricane warnings are in effect for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, Haiti and southeastern Bahamas. A hurricane watch covers Cuba and the central Bahamas.

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This historically intense hurricane is forecast to modestly weaken in the next two days, but remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 storm. It will produce the full gamut of hurricane hazards across the Caribbean and potentially South Florida, including a devastating storm surge, destructive winds and dangerous flash flooding.

Model forecasts have shifted the center of the track eastward since Tuesday, projecting the core of Irma to pass right along or just offshore Floridas east coast. But enough uncertainty in the track exists that all of Florida should be on the highest alert and preparing for this hurricane.

Tropical-storm-force winds are likely to arrive in Florida on Saturday, with the worst storm conditions occurring Sunday. The most extreme conditions are likely to occur near the storm center, but it is impossible this far out to pinpoint exactly where that will track. And serious storm effects will expand well outside the center.

The entire Florida peninsula is only about 100 miles wide, small compared to the size of the storm. Tropical-storm-force winds presently extend outward up to 185 miles from the storm center and hurricane-force winds 50 miles in both directions.

Locations in northern Florida as well as up into Georgia and the Carolinas should also be preparing for a significant impact Monday and Tuesday.In some respects, the most recent set of model runs bear some resemblance to Hurricane Matthew, which affected these areas just 11 months ago.





Advice for those in the Impact Zones

Miami-Dade County will start evacuating special-needs residents Wednesday, and may announce other evacuations soon, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.

Schools and county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, was ordering visitors to evacuate by sunrise Wednesday, and residents should begin to evacuate 12 hours later.

After declaring a state of emergency across Florida, the governor said President Donald Trump had "offered the full resources of the federal government."

7,000 National Guard troops to report for duty by Friday morning.

Learn your evacuation zone. Listen to your locals, he said (Florida Gov.). "This storm has the potential to devastate this state. You have to take this seriously".

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Post-Irma

While Irma is grabbing all of the attention, two other tropical storms are spinning in the Atlantic basin:

Tropical Storm Jose, far out in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Wednesday. The current track forecast keeps it mostly away from land areas over the next several days but it could graze the same islands in the northeastern Lesser Antilles slammed by Irma this weekend and forecasters will be watching it closely.

Tropical Storm Katia, which formed early Wednesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, is also forecast to become a hurricane on Thursday or Friday, before making landfall in the Mexico state of Veracruz this weekend.

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This looks bad, hope everyone down there can stay safe.
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2 Deaths confirmed so far, in the French Caribbean.
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Jesus my prayers out to there familys and everyone effected or soon going to be effected.
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Destroying everything what the hurricane sees. It's sad to see families ruined, missing people, a huge rate in deaths, equipment ruined
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Update;

The President of Barbuda, one of the first islands to be struck by the Hurricane has revealed that at least 90% of the buildings on the island have been 'destroyed' with casualty numbers yet to be confirmed. Others have described the island as 'barely habitible'

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Weather watches and staff of the National Weather Service monitoring the Hurricane are talking about how incredibly worrying the storm is becoming, not slowing down, leaving a huge trail of destruction in it's wake. It's believed that the storm is now getting to a point where it's around the size of Texas.

Owner of Virgin, Richard Branson is currently at his home on Neckar Island which is also near to where Irma is going through. He and those on the island have taken to the underground wine cellar to stay safe.

The Hurricane is currently located around Puerto Rico, continuing with sustained winds of 185mph. The power of the Hurricane is so severe that it is being picked up on seismic recorders, used to record earthquakes.

It is unsure what has been destroyed on the Island of St. Martin but Government Officials have confirmed that 4 of the strongest buildings on the island have been destroyed by the Hurricane.
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Update;

Around 10 people are confirmed to have died so far as Irma swept through the Caribbean. Barbuda is now estimated to be 95% destroyed with many other islands in the Caribbean suffering severe to catastrophic damage. Airports on the islands have been destroyed, boats and harbours destroyed, hotels destroyed, most homes destroyed.

The Hurricane is continuing its path towards Florida and is predicted to make landfall in time for the weekend, however, it is expected that the storm will weaken into a Category 4 Hurricane, though still expected to cause horrific damage and potential loss of life.

St. Martin
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St. Thomas/British Virgin Islands
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Legit question. If 95% of the island was destroyed and so far only *10 confirmed* deaths; where did everyone go? Surely the few buildings that are left did not hold everyone in there and a basement isn't the brightest idea for a hurricane, especially in coastal areas. I know shelters are going to be the best reasoning, but with 95% of the island destroyed, that really doesn't give much for there to be many buildings left as shelter. Looking at Google, the population seems to be 100k, almost 101k as of 2016, that's a lot of people that literally have no where else to go if 95% of the island is destroyed. They're kind of shit out of luck for evacuation, it's not like in the states where you can drive to another state or two and be safe, there would have had to been ferries upon ferries, boarding people on and taking them elsewhere to be safe.

I feel like Haiti is going to suffer the worst from this, given what has happened over there and how they were barely recovering, if they get impacted like Barbuda has, I think that island truly could have the worse of it all because they are already walking on glass.
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TaigaAisaka wroteLegit question. If 95% of the island was destroyed and so far only *10 confirmed* deaths; where did everyone go? Surely the few buildings that are left did not hold everyone in there and a basement isn't the brightest idea for a hurricane, especially in coastal areas. I know shelters are going to be the best reasoning, but with 95% of the island destroyed, that really doesn't give much for there to be many buildings left as shelter. Looking at Google, the population seems to be 100k, almost 101k as of 2016, that's a lot of people that literally have no where else to go if 95% of the island is destroyed. They're kind of shit out of luck for evacuation, it's not like in the states where you can drive to another state or two and be safe, there would have had to been ferries upon ferries, boarding people on and taking them elsewhere to be safe.

I feel like Haiti is going to suffer the worst from this, given what has happened over there and how they were barely recovering, if they get impacted like Barbuda has, I think that island truly could have the worse of it all because they are already walking on glass.
I agree, it's a question that hopefully we'll get the answer to once Irma and Jose has passed.

I know that there were mass evacuations and all tourists were evacuated on Tuesday but there's a lot of people living there so where did the rest go? The buildings in the Caribbean tend to be older, made of wood and sometimes concrete so there must only be a small handful of buildings which have remained standing but enough to hold thousands of people?
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These hurricanes are horrible and I really hope everyone stays safe!
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