Boat Safety / September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is now the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. With the Category 5 storm tracking through the Caribbean and towards Florida.

Hurricane Irma, –one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic– has strengthened into a Category 5 storm as it continues to move northeast of the Caribbean, bringing winds up to 280 km/h (up to 175 mph). Affected areas could receive up to 25 cm (10 in) of rain, which may cause flash flooding, landslides, and dangerous surf. The storm is expected to make landfall early Wednesday, September 6. Hurricane warnings are currently in place Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques,and Culebra, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engaño 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.

The northwestern of Bahamas, and Florida should also monitor the progress of Irma.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jose, in the open Atlantic far to the southeast of Irma, is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night. “Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Jose,” the National Hurricane Center said. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; learn your evacuation zone, listen to your locals, confirm travel reservations, avoid coastal and mountainous areas (risk of flooding and landslides), and adhere to all advice issued by the local authorities.

Stand by for hurricane storm force conditions across the entire eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida, southern Bay of Campeche and west-central Atlantic.

The loss resulting from Hurricane Irma may take time to assess. We will be ready to assist you.

Info source: National Hurricane Center Miami FL


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