Category 4 Hurricane Irma heading for northern Leeward Islands

Our friends John Sergel and Bev Edwards from Durban are currently cruising on Dandelion in the Caribbean and are watching Hurricane Irma closely.  Herewith report from John.

Category 4 Hurricane Irma heading for northern Leeward Islands
9/5/2017 5:00:00 AM

Dangerous Irma is a Category 4 hurricane. It is located about 320 miles to the east of the Leeward Islands. Irma has strengthened a bit this morning with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. The central pressure is quite low at 937 mb. Irma is expected to remain a Category 4 hurricane for at least the next couple of days.

Irma will pass very close to the northern Leeward Islands on Tuesday night, with upwards of 8 inches of rain and wind gusts to or past 100 mph. The northernmost islands of Anguilla, St. Martin and Barbuda are at most risk for the highest winds.

Irma will pass just north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday and Wednesday night, where sustained winds of 50-70 mph with gusts over 80 are expected and hurricane conditions are possible. Irma will pass north of Hispaniola on Thursday, where it will pose mostly a flooding threat, but winds may gust past 60 mph, especially in the north.

There is growing likelihood that Irma will impact the Bahamas and Cuba as a powerful hurricane Thursday night into Saturday. Impacts may start to reach Florida this weekend as well. Extreme impacts next week in the United States are possible but difficult to detail at this time.

All residents and interests in the Lesser Antilles, especially the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Gulf and East coasts of the United States need to monitor the progression of this very dangerous hurricane closely.


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