Irma's Impact On South Florida Hinges On The 'Turn'

Irma's Impact On South Florida Hinges On The 'Turn'

Browne, who said earlier the damage had not been serious on Barbuda, about 48km from Antigua, changed his mind after taking a helicopter to the island once the winds died down. Instead, it's expected to curve up into the open Atlantic and become a major hurricane - Category 3 or more - with winds up to 115 miles per hour.

The Guardian reports the French part of St. Martin has been "95 percent destroyed". The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has received complaints about price gouging from areas near hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"It is absolute devastation", he said after flying over the island, home to some 1600 people. The National Hurricane Center described Irma as "potentially catastrophic". To make things worse... there are now two hurricanes following Irma - Katia in the Gulf of Mexico and Jose in the open Atlantic, which is expected to pass over the Caribbean by early next week and onto the USA mainland.

As one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded threatened Haiti on Wednesday, an Ottawa native who's been through this before was ready to help the country withstand the ordeal.

"A significant number of the houses have been totally destroyed", said Lionel Hurst, chief of staff to Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told Fox News. It is forecast to hit Florida overnight Saturday into Sunday.

Winds of 295kmh winds battered the island of Barbuda, leaving a trail of destruction.

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The meteorologists at the Weather Service in Duluth have been answering a lot of calls from locals concerned about family members in the path of Irma.

He insisted Necker Island has "really strong buildings" with hurricane blinds that should be able to handle "extreme weather pretty well".

The evacuation orders affect more than 100,000 residents, the Miami Herald reported.

Photos from inside the island retreat show panicked staff members moving furniture, kayaks and other water sport equipment inside.

- In Broward County, Florida, a mandatory evacuation will go into effect at noon Thursday for areas east of Federal Highway, Mayor Barbara Sharief said.

The company, one of only 100 Tier 1 Microsoft cloud solution providers in the US, has been busy providing customers with hotlines and hurricane alerts to help prepare for the storm, as well as making sure customers are ready when it comes to disaster recovery, Perez said.



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