Current Situation in Florida, US
What is Hurricane Irma?
It is a powerful tropical cyclone which is affecting the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, and threatening heavily to Cuba and Southeastern United States. In terms of maximum sustained winds it is the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Wilma (2005), in terms of pressure it is the most intense since Dean (2007) and first of intensity to make landfall in Atlantic since Felix (2007).
The hurricane is first Category 5 hurricanes to affect the northern Leeward Islands on record. Irma is second major hurricane, fourth hurricane and ninth named storm of 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. It is one of the worst storms to hit the region, along with Hurricane Donna in 1960 and Hurricane Luis in 1995.
When and how the Hurricane Irma Found?
On September 9:
Hurricane Irma at 8:00 a.m. AST (12:00 UTC) was located within 10 nautical miles of 22.5°N 78.8°W, about 45 miles (70 km) east of Caibarien, Cuba, and in south-southeast of Miami, Florida was about 245 miles (395 km). The force of Hurricane winds extended up to 60 nautical miles (70 mi; 110 km) from the center of Irma, and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 170 nautical miles (195 mi; 315 km).
What are the damages due to Hurricane Irma??
- The deadly Hurricane Irma continued on the Caribbean on Thursday in Cuba and began evacuating some of the tens of thousands of tourists. 51,000 estimated tourists of Cuba are fleeing the island nation, where 36,000 people are staying at resorts on the northern coast. Officials announced at least 12 deaths in the Caribbean due to the impact of Irma, who left the several islands devastated. Deaths have been reported on the islands of Anguilla and Barbuda. Millions of outages- and about 50,000 people were without water, Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency told the AP.
- The Governor of Florida – Rick Scott, announced closing on Friday through Monday of public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to provide local and state emergency officials with the flexibility necessary to support shelter and emergency response efforts.
- Hurricane Irma today reached Florida with extremely heavy windy destruction. The governor of Florida has warned residents, telling the people in evacuation zones in the south-west should head to inland shelters immediately. Storms can surge extreme as 12ft which will cover their houses.
- Florida is having population about 6.3 million people, which covers ⅓ of the state are ordered to leave their houses to escape full force of storm.
On September 8:
According to the Discussion of Hurricane Irma Forecast Discussion, National hurricane center officially informed that:
- Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 hurricane which is the most dangerous and will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm, surge and rainfall hazards to the Bahamas through Saturday. Hurricane conditions will spread over the portions of the north coast of Cuba, especially over the adjacent Cuban Keys, through Saturday.
- Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center.
- There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation in southern Florida and the Florida Keys during the next 36 hours, where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect. In particular, the threat of significant storm surge flooding along the southwest coast of Florida has increased, and 6 to 12 feet of inundation above ground level is possible in this area. This is a life threatening situation. Everyone in these areas should take all actions to protect life and property from rising water and follow evacuation instructions from local officials.
- Irma is expected to produce very heavy rain and inland flooding. Total rain accumulations of 4 to 12 inches, with isolated amounts to 20 inches and expected over the Florida peninsula Saturday through Monday. The highest amounts are expected over the eastern Florida peninsula and upper Florida keys. Irma will likely bring periods of heavy rain to much of Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina early next week, including some mountainous areas which are more prone to flash flooding. All areas seeing heavy rainfall from Irma will experience a risk of flooding and flash flooding.
On September 7:
Hurricane Irma was located within 10 nautical miles of 21.3°N 72.4°W, about 55 miles (85 km) east-northeast of Great Inagua, and about 585 miles (940 km) east-southeast of Grand Turk Island as on 11:00 pm EDT. From the center of Irma Hurricane-force winds extend up to 75 miles (120 km), and the tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 185 miles (295 km).
On September 6:
Hurricane Irma’s maximum sustained winds and low pressure reached 185 mph (295 km/h) and 916 hPa; 27.0 inHg) were found on 00:15 UTC.
During the time 06:00 UTC the centre of the hurricane made landfall along the northern coast of Barbuda at peak strength. Irma made successive landfalls approximately at 12:00 UTC on Sint Maarten and at 17:00 UTC on Ginger Island and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
On September 4:
It strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) at 12:00 UTC. Hurricane Irma continued deepening and became Category 5 hurricane by 11:45 UTC on the same day, with the winds of 175 mph (280 km/h. At 15:00 UTC the maximum sustained winds of 180 mph (285 km/h) were indicated.
On September 3:
The first aircraft reconnaissance mission departed from Barbados during an afternoon and discovered an eye 29 mi (47 km) in diameter and surface winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).
On September 2:
Maximum winds were recorded at 45 mph (70 km/h), which indicated that the eye of Irma remained compact. The central North Atlantic pushed Irma from western to the south western direction in other 24 hours.
On August 31:
After the development of Central Dense Overcast (CDO) an eye feature Irma rapidly intensified beginning at 09:00 UTC on this day with winds increasing from 70 mph (110 km/h) to 115 mph (185 km/h) in only 12 hours.
On August 30:
Based on the scatterometer data and satellite estimates NHC found a disturbance as Tropical Storm Irma at 15:00 UTC. There was a warm sea surface temperatures, low wind shear, and strengthening was anticipated. Development of the nascent storm had begun to the upper-level poleward outflow as an anticyclone establishing the system.
On August 29:
During this two days, the thunderstorms and showers got associated and well organized with the waves, which coalesced in a low-pressure area. Such showers and thunderstorms passed through the Cape Verde Islands. NHC stated that the disturbance in the organization would result in a tropical depression.
On August 27:
The tropical wave moved off the coast of the continent.
On August 26:
US National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated to began the tropical wave over the western coast of Africa.
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Our deepest condolences and prayers to all the families & acquaintances of this senseless tragedy. I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and strengthen you because God truly cares for you. Please know that we are all praying for you during this most challenging time.
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