Hurricane Irma destruction has begun

Hurricane Irma, the largest storm recorded in the Atlantic Ocean,  has started to track along the north eastern islands of the Caribbean and is already causing major destruction.

HurricaneIrmaTrack

Irma is shown in the centre right to centre let track range. On the far right is the track of another hurricane further out in the Atlantic, Jose.

Over the next few days it is expected to track close to larger countries and population centres and may hit Florida later in the weekend.

RNZ:  Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

Hurricane Irma has destroyed buildings and caused major flooding on several French island territories in the Caribbean.

The four “most solid” buildings on Saint Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, were destroyed, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said.

Significant damage is also being reported in the Dutch section.

The Category 5 hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 295km/h.

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade first hit Antigua and Barbuda, before moving on to Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.

 

Its “extremely dangerous core” is forecast by the US National Hurricane Center to move over parts of the northern Virgin Islands on Wednesday, passing near or just north of Puerto Rico, then passing near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas across the Caribbean. Residents have flocked to shops for food, water, and emergency supplies, and airports have closed on several islands which are popular holiday destinations.

This looks like being a major disaster spread over a number of countries for a number of days.

21 Comments

  1. And it’s not just Irma that’s a threat.

    Further out in the Atlantic …JOSE IS CLOSE TO HURRICANE STRENGTH…

    And in the Gulf: …KATIA MOVING LITTLE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO… …FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE…

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  September 7, 2017

    Meanwhile trumpy cheerleader Rush Limbaugh is claiming that Hurricane Irma is a liberal media plot to advance climate change discussions… maybe he’d like to go down to the Florida Keys and canute Irma out of existence to demonstrate how much he backs his bs.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  September 7, 2017

    The warmer the ocean the more energy is available for a tropical cyclone to form, and water in the Atlantic is nearly 2C warmer than normal:

    • mean winds of 295km/h and wind gusts to 360 km/h
    • storm surges six metres above normal tide levels
    • Puerto Rico residents preparing to be without electricity for 4-6 months
    • Barbuda already wiped clear of 90% of its buildings and every cell tower, and warnings are out that other Leeward Islands will be destroyed as well
    • two more tropical storms formed in the same area in the past 24 hrs – Jose and Katia
    • Jose expected to become a hurricane in 36-48 hours

    Welcome to the bigliest Chinese climate change hoax ever recorded.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  September 7, 2017

    I blame it all on the god fearing North Korean white supremacist gay god fearing climate change folk, barring that i blame it all on donald trump as he deserves it and God doesn’t like him and is punishing the USA for their stupidity.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 7, 2017

      Let’s hope that it blows his houses down, then.

    • Corky

       /  September 7, 2017

      God may need to pay us a visit after the 23rd. A mercy mission to put us out of our misery.

      • 3lurcher1948

         /  September 7, 2017

        So you are voting TOP the party for idiots??? Just saying

        • Corky

           /  September 7, 2017

          Eh?

        • pickled possum

           /  September 7, 2017

          Heya Lurch
          Today I meet some people who don’t even know who the TOP party are!!!
          SAD EH?

          All these Hurricanes directly after that Korean guy with a bad haircut
          let off some powerful bombs in OUR World and No one can do anything!! FFS

  5. chrism56

     /  September 8, 2017

    Here is a lot more sensible argument about why Irma might be good for the US
    https://fabiusmaximus.com/2017/09/06/irma-might-defeat-the-skeptics-and-end-the-climate-wars/
    The US has very poor defences against all natural disasters – That is why so much damage is done for relatively routine events.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  September 8, 2017

      Climate change skepticism? Meh.

      If I had the time or the inclination to debate your denialism I’d do so but I have neither. Instead here’s a link so you can treat yourself… It comprises a comprehensive and taxonomically organised series of responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming. Read and awaken…

      http://grist.org/series/skeptics/

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  September 8, 2017

      …and on the subject of the USA isn’t it ironic that no amount of relief funding from the federal government will rebuild Houston. The rebuild will depend on the availability of cheap migrant labour … but of course trump and his white supremacist buddies are in the process of ruling that out.