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Irma Update – Dangerous, Record Setting Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Irma remains a dangerous, category 5 storm, moving through the Northern Leeward Islands. Early this morning, the island of Barbuda took a direct hit from the storm. The eye, nearly 50 miles wide, encompassed the whole island. Wind gusts hit as high as 155 mph in the eyewall before the wind went calm in the eye.

The islands of St. Martin, St, Barthelemy, and Anguilla were the next to see Irma, with the eye passing directly over those islands.

[webcam from St. Martin/Sint Maarten as Irma was crossing the island]

[Saint Martin, credit Twitter/RCI Guadeloupe via Storyful]

Carole Greaux 发布于 2017年9月6日

[Saint Barthelemy, credit Facebook/Carole Greaux via Storyful]

Irma is now moving through the Virgin Islands, located about 65 miles east-southeast of St. Thomas and 140 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As of this writing, the eyewall was moving into the island of Virgin Gorda, affecting the city of Spanish Town.

[Camera from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands from WSTA Radio]

Irma still has 185 mph winds, with gusts to 225 mph. The storm is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
* Anguilla
* Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten
* Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy
* British Virgin Islands
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra
* Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti
* Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas
* Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
* Cuba from Matanzas province eastward to Guantanamo province
* Central Bahamas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engano westward to the southern border with Haiti
* Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince

Irma is expected to continue on a path that will take the storm north of Puerto Rico, towards the Turks and Caicos Islands, and into the Southern Bahamas. The storm will approach Florida this weekend. Irma will remain a major hurricane, of category 4 or 5 strength.

Key reminders from the National Hurricane Center:

1. Irma is a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to portions of the northern Leeward Islands, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today.

2. A hurricane warning is in effect for the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, and portions of Haiti, with a hurricane watch in effect for the central Bahamas and much of Cuba. Irma is likely to bring dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall to some of these areas tonight through Friday.

3. Irma could directly affect the remainder of the Bahamas and Cuba as an extremely dangerous major hurricane later this week. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Irma and listen to
advice given by officials.

4. Direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and rainfall are possible in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula beginning later this week and this weekend. However, given the forecast
uncertainty at these time ranges, it is too soon to specify the location and magnitude of these impacts.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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