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Hurricane Irma: Tropical Cyclone Heads Towards Southern Florida. by emperormero(m) : 7:45 pm On Sep 05, 2017

Barely a week after Harvey's onslaught in the US, Hurricane Irma, another major hurricane, is currently brewing in the Atlantic near the Leeward Islands and is on track to hit Puerto Rico. As of 8 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday (Sept. 5), Hurricane Irma had maximum sustained wind speeds of 180 mph (290 km/h) (Category 5), making it one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Irma is an “extremely dangerous” Category 5, barreling toward the northern Lesser Antilles and Southern Florida. It’s already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend.

If it does, the impact could be catastrophic.

The storm is life-threatening for the United States, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas. Hurricane warnings have been issued for the northern Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos. A hurricane watch covers Haiti and the southeastern Bahamas.

With maximum winds of 185 mph, Irma is tied for the second strongest storm ever observed in the Atlantic.

[How to prepare for Hurricane Irma]

The hurricane is expected to remain at least a Category 4 for the next few days with minor fluctuations in intensity. It could even become slightly stronger, but has neared the theoretical limit for how strong it can get given ocean temperatures.

It cannot be overstated that Hurricane Irma is extremely dangerous and will produce the full gamut of hurricane hazards across the Caribbean and potentially in South Florida, including a devastating storm surge, destructive winds and dangerous flash flooding.

All of Florida — especially South Florida and the Keys — should be preparing for a major hurricane landfall on Sunday. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to arrive as soon as Friday.

More details soon...


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