updated 6:19 PM PDT, Sep 5, 2017
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Irma Drawing Near

The Department of Disaster Management announced that Irma will pass very close or over the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday; first squalls and tropical storm force winds are expected to reach the islands late on Tuesday. “It could move near or over the British Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon or evening. The track has also been shifted closer to Puerto Rico,” the DDM said.

Additionally, the DDM stated that by Wednesday Irma is expected to make its closest approach to the Leeward and British Virgin Islands as a powerful category 4 hurricane. Based on the current forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Irma is expected to pass approximately 37 miles north east of the British Virgin Islands.

At 5:00 AM today September 4th the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 52.3 West; and noted that Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). 

The DDM said that the hurricane is expected to turn toward the west later today, followed by a west-northwestward turn late Tuesday.  Meanwhile, it was mentioned that the center of Irma will move closer to the Leeward Islands through Tuesday and then be near the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night.

Irma is now a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 115 mph and higher gusts.  Nonetheless, it was stated that some strengthening is forecast through Tuesday night.

This strengthen may result in hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the centre; and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 961 mb.

As a result hurricane watches are in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. Meanwhile,  the BVI and other islands such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are being monitored as Irma progresses.

Last modified onMonday, 04 September 2017 09:07
  • Source: BVIHotpress.com

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