Regional Countries Brace for Passage of Irma

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (September 5, 2017) – Governments and disaster officials in the Leeward Islands were pleading with residents to take the necessary precautions to save guard lives as a powerful Hurricane Irma gets ready to unleash its fury on the chain of islands later on Tuesday night.

“In light of the fact that the pending hurricane has been categorized as being extremely dangerous, the security forces have advised that the public should be foremost concerned about their safety and wellbeing and therefore should refrain from being on the streets after 6 pm,” St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said in a radio and television broadcast.

“Only essential workers are expected to be outdoors and on the streets. Moreover, we seriously advise, for their own safety and security, that our citizens and residents remain indoors and continue to listen to all official advisories on the hurricane. The official government agencies will indicate when it is safe to venture outdoors after the passage of the hurricane.

“We are well aware that what we are preparing for is an extremely dangerous hurricane. We cannot take our safety and security for granted. All of our national security agencies have been fully mobilized and are on highest alert. Meanwhile, we implore you to follow all official instructions and recommendations with regard to your safety,” Harris said.

Similar sentiments have also been given by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and Montserrat as the hurricane is accompanied by life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall.

Several shelters have been opened to accommodate people and many people were seen bordering up their property as the storm inches closer to the islands.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Irma, which is nearing the Northern Leeward islands is an estimated 130 miles east of Antigua and 135 miles east south east of Barbuda.

The NHC said that a hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le

Mole St. Nicholas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeastern Bahamas.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 5, CMC – Governments and disaster officials in the Leeward Islands were pleading with residents to take the necessary precautions to save guard lives as a powerful Hurricane Irma gets ready to unleash its fury on the chain of islands later on Tuesday night.

“In light of the fact that the pending hurricane has been categorized as being extremely dangerous, the security forces have advised that the public should be foremost concerned about their safety and wellbeing and therefore should refrain from being on the streets after 6 pm, “ St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said in a radio and television broadcast.

Irma4“Only essential workers are expected to be outdoors and on the streets. Moreover, we seriously advise, for their own safety and security, that our citizens and residents remain indoors and continue to listen to all official advisories on the hurricane. The official government agencies will indicate when it is safe to venture outdoors after the passage of the hurricane.

“We are well aware that what we are preparing for is an extremely dangerous hurricane. We cannot take our safety and security for granted. All of our national security agencies have been fully mobilized and are on highest alert. Meanwhile, we implore you to follow all official instructions and recommendations with regard to your safety,” Harris said.

Similar sentiments have also been given by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and Montserrat as the hurricane is accompanied by life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall.

Several shelters have been opened to accommodate people and many people were seen bordering up their property as the storm inches closer to the islands.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Irma, which is nearing the Northern Leeward islands is an estimated 130 miles east of Antigua and 135 miles east south east of Barbuda.

The NHC said that a hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le

Mole St. Nicholas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeastern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dominica.

“The distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 59.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast to begin tonight and continue for the next couple of days.

“On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday, move near or over portions of the northern Virgin Islands Wednesday, and pass near or just north of Puerto Rico late Wednesday and Wednesday night,” the NHC said in its latest weather bulletin at 5.00 pm (local time).

It said that maximum sustained winds are near 185 mph with higher gusts.

“Irma is an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful Category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.”

The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) said it has activated the regional coordinated plan and that the regional response teams including the CARICOM Disaster and Assessment Coordination (CDAC), the CARICOM Operations Support Team (COST) and the Regional Security System as well as the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) have been placed on stand-by.

“The CDEMA CU is preparing the Operational Plan with potential scenarios and Pre-Impact Analysis of vulnerable areas in the threatened States. CDEMA is equipped to offer support through the mobilization and deployment surge capacity in specialized technical areas to its participating States and stands ready to respond as required,” the agency said.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm JOSE is continuing to gain strength as it moves towards the chain of islands in the Caribbean.

The NHC said that it is located 1400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has winds of 45 mph.

It said that while there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect Jose could become a hurricane by Thursday. – CMC

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