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ALERT #31 – HURRICANE IRMA – 12AM UPDATE

#Bahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – ……IRMA MAKING LANDFALL ON THE CAMAGUEY ARCHIPELAGO OF CUBA AS A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE……

HURRICANE WARNINGS FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS EXCLUDING RAGGED ISLAND HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.    HENCE THE ALL CLEAR HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, CROOKED ISLAND, ACKLINS, LONG CAY AND SAMANA CAY.

HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND RAGGED ISLAND.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, ANDROS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, EXUMA, LONG ISLAND, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, AND RAGGED ISLAND. 

 A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING OR CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS WITHIN 36 HOURS.

 AT 11:00PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.1 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 77.7 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 110 MILES WEST OF RAGGED ISLAND, 120 MILES SOUTH OF MAR BAY ANDROS AND 201 MILES SOUTH OF NEW PROVIDENCE.

IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 13 MPH. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED BY LATE SATURDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF IRMA SHOULD MOVE NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA THROUGH SATURDAY, NEAR THE FLORIDA KEYS SUNDAY MORNING, AND THEN NEAR THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 160 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.    IRMA IS ONCE AGAIN A CATEGORY FIVE (5) HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT IRMA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185 MILES FROM THE CENTER.

TROPICAL STORM WINDS ARE NOW OCCURRING OVER ANDROS, LONG ISLAND, EXUMA, RAGGED ISLAND, CAT ISLAND, SAN SALVADOR AND RUM CAY.    TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BEGIN IN NEW PROVIDENCE BY 1AM.

EXTENSIVE TO SEVERE FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES.

THE COMBINATION OF DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND LARGE DESTRUCTIVE WAVES CAN RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 15 TO 20 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL TIDE NEAR THE EYE OF HURRICANE IRMA.    RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE COAST ARE ASKED TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND INLAND.  

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS THROUGHOUT THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.

THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA WILL BE ISSUED AT 03:00AM SATURDAY.

ISSUED BY:  SHAYVONNE MOXEY-BONAMY

 

 

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