With Hurricane Harvey devastating Southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana, most thought that the 50+ inches of rain and flooding was going to be the worst of the season. They were wrong.
1.) Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic Hurricanes ever:
With sustained winds of 175 mph, (at one point 185 mph), the Category 5 storm is so powerful that it’s showing up on seismometers, the instruments used to measure the size of earthquakes.
— Stephen Hicks (@seismo_steve) September 5, 2017
2.) It’s expected to hit Florida by Sunday
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm reached the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Irma should continue past Cuba and the Bahamas on Friday and Saturday, before making landfall in Florida by 8 a.m. Sunday. All of these areas, including other tinier Caribbean islands are either under Hurricane or Tropical storm watch.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 7, 2017
3.) Both Puerto Rico and Florida have declared States of Emergency:
Both governors declared States of Emergency on Monday in anticipation for the storm.
I have declared a state of emergency for every FL county to help state, federal and local governments work together as we prepare for #Irma.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 4, 2017
4.) Irma completely destroyed Barbuda, and left other islands, like Puerto Rico, with significant damages and no power:
The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, said on Wednesdays that the storm destroyed over 90% of the infrastructure, and left Barbuda “literally a rubble,” as reported by Bustle. According to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, they estimate that parts of the island can face up to 6 months without power due to the storm, about 900,000 people are reported to have lost power in San Juan, and nearly 50,000 people had no water. Generators are being used to keep the hospitals running, and at least 1,000 tourists have been taken to shelters.
Nearly 900,000 people are now without power in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irma plows through the Caribbean: pic.twitter.com/6iBSnkYhIs
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 7, 2017
"Barbuda is literally rubble": Hurricane Irma has damaged 95% of all buildings on the Caribbean island. Updates: https://t.co/VvwUAJX67L
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 7, 2017
5.) There are two other storms trailing behind Irma:
Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia, both category 1 storms, are moving westward, with Katia in the Gulf of Mexico and Jose still off East of both Katia and Irma.
— Steve Caparotta (@SteveWAFB) September 6, 2017