Sep 07, 2017

Hurricane Irma Races Toward the U.S.

Irma left devastation in its wake in the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma leaves damages

Hurricane Irma left its mark on the Caribbean and is quickly moving toward Florida. Its aftermath is acutely felt on the islands—Barbuda, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico—with many major damages. 

Barbuda was hit particularly bad. Approximately 95% of its buildings are damaged, and 50% of its population was left homeless. In Puerto Rico, nearly 70% of households were without power, but it did not get hit nearly as bad as Barbuda. 

The storm is expected to hit Florida the weekend of Sept. 8. The forecast shows its path could potentially extend to Georgia and the Carolinas. Mandatory evacuations are expanded in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

Irma’s wind speeds stayed at 185 mph for more than 24 hours, which is the longest period ever recorded. However, in its wake, two more hurricanes are developing. Jose is following Irma’s path, and Katia is expected to hit Mexico. A total of 11 deaths have been recorded. 

Photo courtesy of NASA.