WKRG’s Chief Meteorologist Allan Sealls Discussing Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma, a catastrophic category 5 system packed with 175 mph, charged into places such as Barbuda and St. Martin, has left more than one million people in Puerto Rico without power.
According to the National Hurricane Center, within a very short time, Hurricane Irma had moved into the south of Grand Turk Island and east of Great Inagua Island. As it barrels through the Islands, it single-handedly dragged along with it, 16 mph winds and up to 20 inches of rain.
CARS AND BUILDINGS, MERCILESSLY SUBMERGED IN WATER BY HURRICANE IRMA
Several houses are under water, cars are careening through the streets and the natives sit in ruined watery pitch black houses, as they frantically pray for some connection with the outside world. Barbuda which has a population of 1,600 people, has been mercilessly isolated.
THIS VIEW FROM SPACE MAKES HURRICANE IRMA LOOK SOMEWHAT SERENE CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE IRMA, MOVES TOWARDS PUERTO RICO
Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Barbuda and Antigua has declared both Islands, “practically uninhabitable”. “Some properties have been totally demolished while 95 percent of the rest have suffered some level of irreparable damage”, he told the Antigua Newsroom.
CAR PILE – UP IN BARBUDA
RESIDENTS OF PUERTO RICO, PREPARING FOR HURRICANE IRMA
In Florida, authorities are hoping they would be spared from such devastation. They are also advising residents to evacuate and prepare for the inevitable. The Florida keys, Florida Bay, Lake Okeechobee, Jupiter Inlet Southward and Bonita Beach, have been placed under a hurricane watch by Florida governor, Rick Scott.
He also authorized Florida police to escort fuel trucks to sold – out gas stations. He proceeded to activate the national guard and suspended highway tolls in order to steer people away from Hurricane Irma. Governor Rick Scott also sent out a tweet, encouraging families to stay very alert and monitor local news and weather reports.
MAN WALKING THROUGH HURRICANE IRMA DEMOLISHED STREETS OF ANTIGUA
Till date, Hurricane Irma has killed eight people and badly injured twenty three, in San Juan. At this moment, Irma is headed towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic.