Hurricane Irma is officially one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, and the Category 5 storm battered the Caribbean islands with devastating winds, heavy rains, and catastrophic storm surges. Irma was sitting 180 miles east of Antigua with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.
The storm pounded Cuba’s northern coast earlier on Saturday before heading towards Florida, where 6.3m people – around a third of the State’s population – have been ordered to evacuate. So far at least 22 people have been killed in the Caribbean as the hurricane left devastation in its wake. Watch this video
Here’s what is expected of the disaster as it heads to United States-
Hurricane watches are in place for Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas. Those islands can expect tropical storm conditions through the weekend. With good forecasting, government officials can brace for the worst. We are covering the way Florida is preparing for evacuations, power losses and recovery efforts.
Florida is braced for 130mph winds, 20 inches of rain and a 15ft surge in water levels tonight following dire warnings of the impact of Hurricane Irma.One of the fiercest Atlantic storms in a century, Irma is expected to regain much of its strength as it moves into the warmer waters near south Florida and the Keys. It is expected to cause major damage overnight due to high winds and rising waters. “Think about that. Fifteen feet is devastating and will cover your house,” the Governor Rick Scott told a press conference. “That is a life threatening situation.”
The current track of Irma will bring severe and life-threatening impacts to all of the Florida Keys and a large portion of the Florida Peninsula, including Key West, Key Largo, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota and Miami.
Hurricane Jose, a powerhouse tropical cyclone barreling northwest toward the Caribbean islands already hammered by Irma, has weakened but remains a dangerous Category 4 storm, officials said. Forecasters say the storm is expected to gradually weaken over the next couple of days after it passes the northern Leeward Islands. It will, however, likely throw off tropical-storm strength weather felt Saturday night in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, which also suffered heavy damage during Irma.
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