Hurricane Irma hits Caribbean islands, bends toward Florida

Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded and has already caused widespread flooding and downed a number of trees on the small island of Barbuda.

Rossello says the winds of the Category 5 storm will lash Culebra island around dawn Wednesday and move to Puerto Rico shortly afterward.

“Do not sit and wait for this storm to come”, Scott said.

Martin, and St. Barts have all taken direct hits from the storm. A track just to the east of Florida would lower damage potential for crops within Florida but would in turn increase threats to cotton, corn, and soybean crops in the Carolinas.

The Hurricane Centre in Miami said hurricane-force winds extended 85 kilometres from Irma’s centre and tropical storm-force winds extended 280 kilometres.

The storm is the most powerful hurricane to threaten the Atlantic Coast in more than 10 years and could have 185-mile-per-hour winds. This latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center has Irma following along Cuba’s northern coast this weekend and hitting the Florida Keys by 2 p.m. Sunday. Barbuda is one of the two major islands in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

Jose is similar to Irma in the sense that it’s a Cape Verde hurricane, a type of storm that forms in the far eastern Atlantic, near the Cape Verde Islands (now known as Cabo Verde).

President Donald Trump says Hurricane Irma looks like “something that could be not good”. Irma, by contrast, is a whirling dervish that will sweep through islands such as Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Irma, a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 185 miles per hour, struck several Caribbean islands Wednesday morning, slamming into Barbuda, St. Martin and Anguilla, CNN reported. Minnis says it will be the largest hurricane evacuation in the history of the Bahamas.

Tannu Prabhakar, 25, watched the growing storm from the deck of the dorms at Interamerican University in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon. “So Everything we have has been hatched up brought inside as best we can, these winds are pretty much unprecedented for us”.

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