Hurricane Irma Update: Here is What You May Have Missed this Morning
Category 5 Hurricane Irma is currently barreling its way through the Atlantic Ocean with winds in excess of 185 mph and authorities in Florida are warning residents that Irma is dangerous and more powerful than Hurricane Andrew.
Hurricane Andrew hit Florida 25 years ago leaving in its wake destruction and death.
Here is Hurricane Irma updates you may have missed.
At least 10 dead, 28 injured
Hurricane Irma has killed at least 10 people including a 2-year old child, and injured up to 28 in the French Caribbean Island territories. Speaking on French radio France Info, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb predicted that the death toll in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy could be higher as rescue teams go through those areas heavily impacted by the storm.
Puerto Rico missed the eye but still suffered heavy damage
Hurricane Irma missed hitting Puerto Rico directly but still inflicted heavy property damage. Irma caused blacke out in much of Puerto Rico, raking the U.S. territory with heavy wind and rain. It is now headed towards the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Authorities said it is a struggle to get aid to small Caribbean islands devastated by the storm’s record 185 mph (298 kph) winds.
Florida evacuation in full swing
So far Florida authorities are reporting that thousands are heeding their warning to evacuate ahead of the weekend impact of Category 5 Hurricane Irma. Irma is expect to be a Cat. 4 storm when it makes landfall Sunday around Miami.
So far about 32,000 people have packed up a few of their belongings and left the area, according to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Anguilla suffers 1 death
Clive Murray of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency confirmed this morning that at least one person was killed by Irma in the island of Anguilla in the Caribbean. Six people on St. Martin, two on St. Bart’s and one in Barbuda were also confirmed to have died as of this morning.
90% of Barbuda wiped out
Hurricane Irma destroyed over 90% of structures and vehicles in Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne confirmed the damage that he witnessed while flying over Barbuda, the smaller of the two islands that make up Antigua and Barbuda.
He said the destruction was total and complete. According to a 2011 census, about 1,600 people live on the island. Barbuda, an island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is relatively flat, with its highest point just 125 feet above sea level. Hurricane Irma is approximately 450 miles wide; Barbuda is just under 62 miles wide.
Brevard Country, FL orders mandatory evacuation
Brevard County, Florida has ordered mandatory evacuation starting from 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The order includes all residents in the barrier islands, Merritt Island and areas around the Indian River Lagoon
Florida Gov. Calls for more volunteers
Florida governor Rick Scott is asking anyone capable of volunteering to do so as the state waits for Hurricane Irma. “We need more volunteers,” Gov. Rick Scott said this morning.
National Weather Service issues hurricane watch for Florida
Hurricane Irma is on a course to hit the Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane. Hurricane watches have been issued for parts of Florida by the National Weather Service (NWS). Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas. Parts of Georgia and the Carolinas could then be struck by Irma early next week.
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