HURRICANE TRACKER: 11 a.m. Update, Irma Closes In On U.S. Virgin Islands
By Space Coast Daily // September 6, 2017
next update set for 2 p.m.
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Irma is preparing to hit the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon while still holding 185 mph max sustained winds.
Latest Irma path projection shows the massive hurricane striking the Space Coast 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Irma is the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Wilma in 2005 which also recorded maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.
A Hurricane Warning has recently been issued for the north coast of Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas.
Based on NHC’s forecast, Irma’s path will shift to the north Saturday, making it a possible direct hit to the Florida Keys and South Florida on Sunday heading into Monday.
The category 5 hurricane is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph.
NHC Forecaster Brown says the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the Virgin Islands soon and people in the storm’s path need to take shelter immediately.
Puerto Rico is forecasted to be hit late Wednesday.
Irma is increasingly likely to target the Florida peninsula as a dangerous hurricane this weekend, according to The Weather Channel.
The government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Hurricane Warning along the north coast of the Dominican Republic from the border with Haiti eastward to Cabo Engano.
Guadeloupe is under a Hurricane Warning.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175
Hurricane warnings have been initated for Antigua, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Culebra, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Saint Barthelemy, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
A Hurricane Warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
The government of the Bahamas has issued a Hurricane Watch for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas, including the
Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will cause water levels to rise by as much as 7 to 11 feet above normal tide levels along the coasts of the extreme northern Leeward Islands within the hurricane warning area near and to the north of the center of Irma.
Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
NHC says the combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water is expected to reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the
time of high tide.
Northern Leeward Islands…7 to 11 ft
Turks and Caicos Islands…15 to 20 ft
Southeastern Bahamas…15 to 20 ft
Northern coast of the Dominican Republic…3 to 5 ft
Northern coast of Haiti and the Gulf of Gonave…1 to 3 ft
British and U.S. Virgin Islands except St. Croix…7 to 11 ft
Northern coast of Puerto Rico…4 to 6 ft
Southern coast of Puerto Rico and St. Croix…2 to 4 ft
Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches across the northern Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Don’t wait until a storm is heading your way! Survive a hurricane with these safety precautions. (Howcast Video)
Step 1: Plan ahead
Plan ahead. Know the location of local shelters and how you’ll evacuate if you don’t have a car. If you have family members with special medical needs, ask local officials if there’s a registry so they get help in the event of power outages.
Pick a place for family members to meet in case you become separated, and designate an out-of-town friend as the person everyone calls to report that they’re safe. Get flood insurance if you don’t already have it.
Make sure you know how to shut off electricity, gas, and water in case you’re instructed to do so.
Step 2: Be prepared
Have the following supplies on hand at the start of hurricane season: a 3-day supply of water that provides 1 gallon per person per day; a 3-day supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking; a flashlight and extra batteries; a battery-powered radio that can receive broadcasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; a first-aid kit; and a 7-day supply of medications.
The Atlantic and Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30; the Eastern Pacific is from May 15 through November.
Step 3: Get ready
If a hurricane warning is issued — meaning one is expected in the next 36 hours — bring in anything that can be tossed around by the wind; close and board up all windows and doors with 5/8″ marine plywood, unless you have hurricane shutters; clear rain gutters and downspouts; trim trees and shrubs; put your refrigerator and freezer on the coldest setting; and fill your car’s gas tank in case you’re ordered to evacuate.
Step 4: Go to a safe place
If you live on the first or 2nd floor of a high rise, make plans to take refuge with neighbors between floors 3 and 10 when the storm begins. Residents who live above the 10th floor should evacuate, as should mobile home dwellers and anyone living on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
Step 5: Do last-minute preparations
Shortly before the storm is expected to start, fill your bathtub with water so you have an extra supply on hand. Unplug small appliances and sensitive electronics, and turn off propane tanks.
Step 6: Ride out the storm
When the storm starts, stay away from windows and glass doors and avoid using the phone. Go to your home’s lowest level and stay in an interior room, closet, or hallway. Have a mattress or pillow to protect your head. Monitor weather conditions on your radio and don’t leave your safe place until local officials say it’s okay to do so.
Step 7: Avoid post-storm dangers
If you lose electricity, keep circuit breakers turned off until power is restored, then check for frayed wires. If you see any, call the power company. Leave the house immediately if you smell gas. If you’re returning home, don’t enter your house if floodwaters remain around the building; you see loose power lines or structural damage; or you smell a gas leak. If you have any safety concerns at all, stay elsewhere until your home is checked by a building inspector or structural engineer.
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