Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane - NHC

06 September, 2017, 13:37 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • This Monday Sept. 4 2017 satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Irma nearing the eastern Caribbean. Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday

European insurance stocks followed their USA counterparts lower Wednesday as Irma sped towards Florida, the country's 7th-largest economy, and analysts rushed to estimate the ultimate cost of both it and Hurricane Harvey, whose flood waters in and around the city of Houston, America's 4th-largest city, are only now starting to recede. It could initiate closures at a variety of amusement parks in Orlando.

Hurricane Irma - with its ferocious 185 miles per hour winds - made landfall in the Caribbean early Wednesday, slamming into Antigua and Barbuda as it headed for Puerto Rico.

NHC Atlantic Ops, which provides analyses, forecasts, and warnings of tropical cyclones, on Tuesday reported, "Category 5 Irma with 185-mph winds- Hurricane preparations in the NE Leeward Islands should be nearing completion". The policy only applies to vacations booked directly through Disney, and it does not apply to dining or special events. And we have got the center forecast to move across the northeast wind, eastward, ®MD-BO¯Lesser Antilles, and very near the north coast of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and then Cuba as a Category 4 or perhaps still Category 5 hurricane.

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City officials said residents should comply whenever Miami-Dade County issues an evacuation.

It is said that hurricanes like Irma start off as thunderstorms and gather wind strength at an enormous speed. The 26C water that hurricanes need goes about 250ft deep, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private forecasting service Weather Underground.

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".

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The Montreal-based airline said late Tuesday it was sending 10 aircraft to the Caribbean nation - seven to Punta Cana, two to Puerto Plata and one to Samana.

With winds at 185 miles per hour sustained, Hurricane Irma became the strongest storm on record in the Atlantic Ocean in terms of winds.

Hurricane Hunters from NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserves also capture images from within the storm.

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"You'd be hard pressed to find any model that doesn't have some impact on Florida." said University of Miami senior hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy.

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