Sunday 18 August, 2019

Photos: Irma’s Impact on the Caribbean

[Video sourced from Twitter of St. Martin]

While the sun is still out in the Cayman Islands, with the Island’s weather service, forecasting isolated showers and along with thunder for Wednesday, other Caribbean Islands have not been so fortunate.

While no Island nation has reported any fatalities due to Irma, the hurricane has been described as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic to make landfall.

A senator for the Island of St Barts tweeted, “I am shocked by the monster that covers us... The island is devastated. It is apocalyptic, a lot of damage, many roofs destroyed.”

 

While others have shared on social mediums, like Facebook and Twitter, photos of St Martin that show the island covered in water in the aftermath of the hurricane which is said to have seen a “huge storm surge which engulfed the island”.

According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) the storm is on a path which expected to send heavy rains and winds over parts of the British Virgin Islands and the northern Puerto Rico.

A Hurricane warning has since been issued by the NHC, for the north coast of Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas.

As of 1100 AM AST the NHC says that the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 64.0 West.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

On the forecast rack, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the Virgin Islands very soon, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight.

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