Tropical Storm Jose expected to become hurricane

06 September, 2017, 13:16 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Hurricane Irma

Florida, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands are expecting to take the brunt of the storm.

The National Hurricane Centre's forecast was for the winds to fluctuate slightly but for the storm to remain at Category 4 or 5 strength for the next day or two. "However, it is too soon to specify the timing and magnitude of these impacts". "Anguilla, all the way toward (Antigua and) Barbuda, all the way up even toward the British Virgin Islands (are) in grave danger of an eye wall hit at (at least) 150 mph-that devastates the island, no matter what island it is", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said Tuesday. Only Hurricane Allen, in 1980, was stronger, with peak winds of about 190 miles per hour.

The Category 5 hurricane-classified as "extremely dangerous"-is now headed towards the Caribbean and while the exact course is not known, computer models show it making landfall in South Florida by the weekend". So, it will likely have a direct impact on the US and British Virgin Islands, will likely get close enough to Puerto Rico for significant impacts there.

Hurricane Irma strengthened as it hit the Caribbean on Wednesday with "unprecedented intensity", claimed reports.

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ED RAPPAPORT: Yes, the next 24 hours will be a significant concern for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. "They've actually already shipped more than 400 truckloads of product to Florida since Monday in preparation for the storm", Williams said. Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said Tuesday that officials may ask some residents to begin evacuating as early as Wednesday.

"We saw this for Hurricane Harvey on seismometers located close to Houston", Hicks said.

Irma's peak intensity so far ranks among the strongest in recorded history, exceeding the likes of Katrina, Andrew and Camille - whose winds peaked at 175 miles per hour. It is tied for second most intense with Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and the 1935 Florida Keys hurricane. "As the storm approaches [it] requires us to make some decisions before we know that this storm is going to the north and stay out of the Gulf of Mexico". This storm is also predicted to intensify into a hurricane over the coming days, but the latest track forecast keeps it away from land areas for the most part.

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