"Devastating" Hurricane Irma Flattens "Most Solid" Buildings On Caribbean Island

Irma is the kind of storm where you get thousands of lives lost. This is not going to be the big slow-motion flood like Harvey - this is a real, honest-to-God hurricane.

       - Chuck Watson, disaster modeler with Enki Research


Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm on record according to the NHC, raced across northern Caribbean islands on Wednesday with a "catastrophic mix of fierce winds, surf and rain", ahead of what appears a virtually guaranteed Florida landfall at the weekend. While Irma precise trajectory remained uncertain, the latest NHC forecast sees the cone coming right on top fo the panhandle.

The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km per hour), moved away from the island of Barbuda and toward the island of St. Martin, east of Puerto Rico, early on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported. It could hit Florida on Saturday. It is expected to bring strong storm surges and up to 20 inches of rain in some places.

“We are hunkered down and it is very windy ... the wind is a major threat,” said Garfield Burford, the director of news at ABS TV and Radio on the island of Antigua, south of Barbuda. “So far, some roofs have been blown off” he added according to Reuters.  Most people who were on Antigua and Barbuda were without power and about 1,000 people were spending the night in shelters in Antigua, according to Burford. “It’s very scary ... most of the islands are dark so it’s a very, very frightening,” he said.

The eye of the storm passed over St. Martin and its northern wall was pounding Anguilla, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory around 8 a.m. New York time. It’s on a path that should pass near or just north of Puerto Rico later Wednesday, it said.

The French government has said that the four "most solid" buildings on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin have been destroyed by Irma as the Hurricane wreaked catastrophic damage in the region,

Serious flooding and building damage has affected a number of islands, French interior minister Gerard Collomb said. "We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed," he told reporters. The French government has said there are electrical blackouts and widespread flooding on the islands of St Barthélemy and St Martin.

Public relations professional Alex Woolfall said on Twitter he was hiding underneath a concrete stairwell as the storm neared St. Maarten.

“Still thunderous sonic boom noises outside and boiling in stairwell. Can feel scream of things being hurled against building,” he said. “Okay I am now pretty terrified so can every non-believer, atheist & heretic please pray for me.”

The amount of damage and the number of casualties were not known early on Wednesday. A 75-year-old man died while preparing for the storm in Puerto Rico’s central mountains, police said. Several other Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were under a hurricane warning.

Anguilla’s Disaster Management Department said the island was experiencing extremely heavy winds and rain, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. In Barbuda, phone lines went down and howling winds sent debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the Hurricane Center said, warning that Irma “will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards” to those islands. Along the beachfront of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, work crews scrambled to cover windows with plywood and corrugated metal shutters along Avenida Ashford, a stretch of restaurants, hotels and six-story apartments.

“I am worried because this is the biggest storm we have seen here,” said Jonathan Negron, 41, as he supervised workers boarding up his souvenir shop.

The NHC said Irma ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes during the past 80 years and the strongest Atlantic basin storm ever outside the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

As the storm approached Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rossello urged the 3.4 million residents of the U.S. territory to seek refuge in one of 460 hurricane shelters in advance of the storm and later ordered police and National Guard troops to begin evacuations of flood-prone areas in the north and east of the island.

“This is something without precedent,” Rossello told a news conference.

On Tuesday evening, President Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, mobilizing federal disaster relief efforts, the White House said.

Meanwhile, as the Hurricane approaches Florida, local authorities called for a mandatory evacuation of visitors in the Florida Keys to start at sunrise on Wednesday, and public schools throughout South Florida were ordered closed, some as early as Wednesday. Residents of low-lying areas in densely populated Miami-Dade County were urged to move to higher ground by Wednesday as a precaution against coastal storm surges, three days before Irma was expected to make landfall in Florida. It is likely that an evacuation for Miami will be called later today.

According to the latest meteorological forecasts, there is now a 50% chance for major hurricane force winds from Irma on Sunday-Monday in Miami.

Adding to concerns, the City of Miami warned resident to watch out for construction cranes, built to withstand 145 mph winds. Some advice from the city:

  • Do no stay in a building next to a crane
  • Comply with evacuation orders (if and when the city issues them)
  • If you live in a high-rise building and do not evacuate, take shelter in an enclosed concrete stairwell

At the same time, residents of Texas and Louisiana were still recovering from Harvey, which struck Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25. It dumped several feet of rain, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and displaced more than 1 million people.

As reported yesterday, should Irma hit Miami with the same force as a Category 4 storm that struck in 1926, insured losses would reach $125 billion to $130 billion, according to a Barclays analysis. Uninsured losses would be on top of that. Across the Caribbean the cost of damage could easily reach $8 billion to $10 billion, Watson said.

Only three Category 5 hurricanes have hit the contiguous 48 U.S. states, according to Weather Underground: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 that devastated the Florida Keys, Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Andrew that cut across Florida in 1992.

Finally, following close on the heels of Irma is Tropical Storm Jose, which is expected to become a full blown Hurricane on Wednesday night, while Tropical Storm Katia has developed in the Gulf of Mexico...

Comments

Haus-Targaryen Looney Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

What can I do to get this thing to nail Miami, go into the gulf; recharge and then hit New Orleans?  Think that would be enough to bankrupt the insurance companies and bring this economy down, or would Mr. Yellen print up some more funny money and the devastation would send the DOW to 30k? EDIT - Looney, that would be awesome.  I wish Trump would pull a Reagan and tell the world we've outlawed Communism world-wide and bombing starts in 10 minutes. 

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Slack Jack Offthebeach Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

Irma Is Now The Strongest Atlantic Hurricane On Record; Record-Setting Wildfires in Los Angeles; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

http://preearth.net/images/temp-anomalies-1880-2017.txt

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

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rccalhoun NumNutt Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:42 Permalink

if this is due to cimate change....its too late now....so its EVERY prior presidents fault and the current president inherited their non-feasance.climate talks in paris?  video slide shows and cocktail parties?  what the fuck good will that do? if natural disasters increase geometrically as they have this year..its game over already.   or does mankind abandon ALL mechanical devices and go back to hand farming?  starting tomorrow? 

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ShorTed rccalhoun Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

2 hurricanes make landfall in the last decade and you're calling game over?  the climate has been changing since the planet formed billions of years ago, are you suggesting that suddenly (last 100 years?) the change is different?Nothing algore predicted 20 years ago has come true.  Get your head out of your ass and learn to think for yourself.

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eclectic syncretist ShorTed Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:25 Permalink

In other hurricane news, the high tide in San Juan will be at 9pm EST (same as AST)http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/5553.htmlWhich coincidentally happens to be when cat 5 hurricane Irma will be delivering what can only be imagined to be a catastrophic storm surge directly up into San Juan Harbor based on current projections.https://www.wunderground.com/weather-radar/united-states/pr/san-juan/ju…

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bluez ShorTed Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:45 Permalink

Global Cooking is REAL!!!You don't have to be a "leftist" to understand that.It's not because of all the new CO2 (although CO2 sucks big time). It's because the uranium nuclear fire in the earth's core has ramped up (about 5,000 years ago).So yes, we are screwed.The hurricanes will get more and bigger. The dust bowl will return.And YOU WILL DIE!Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Expresshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMVokT5e0zsFleetwood Mac - Hypnotizedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy-51ZTbFisIDIOTS WILL DIE. NOT MY FAULT!On The Beach ? CHRIS REAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laKZia8WP3w

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CheapBastard rccalhoun Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:58 Permalink

In texas State Farm and Allstate are the two biggest insurers but the experts says they will do fine because they are yuuuge national companies. Re-insurers will not be called in. However, I wonder who covers most of Florida and Georgia?But as always the Big Companies will get bailed out like both Bush and Obama did, while the little people suffer as they did under Bush and Obama.

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StarGate rccalhoun Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:58 Permalink

Butterfly effect.
MSM and Obama whips up the populace into needless anger and self defeating rage and Mother Nature responds showing you what petty irresponsible hate looks like.

Human emotion has power and creates a result.
The USA is getting spanked to tame its AntiFA type temper tantrums and to break the back of nefarious financial systems based on dark magic.

Yes, the USA will have to start fresh.
New systems that don't frack or pollute your Mother Nature.
Crisis disguises an opportunity to return to basic values and beautiful simplicity.
Time to turn off the cell phones and video games. (Note Harvey and Irma has already done this)
Time for neighbor to help neighbor.

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CheapBastard StarGate Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:08 Permalink

I wonder how bad georgia will get hit? How about the other states?I guess they are not important since the weather people ignore them.And the dopey reporter in the article who say the texas disaster was "just a flood' should be held under flood water for an hour or two o rhave his house filled with 9 feet of dirty e coli flood water.

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GUS100CORRINA J S Bach Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

Observation: SLACK JACK is so far off base that it borders on outright heresy and is an affront to GOD who is the creater.Bottom Line: All of the weather and fires we are seeing has a scientific explanation: SOLAR MINIMUM and HUGE INCREASE IN GAMMA RADIATION.When gamma rays are directed into water, they will leave a trail of ionization plus electrons with some extra kinetic energy. This will definitely heat the water. Gamma radiation from the SUN has been POUNDING THE OCEANS.Also, thanks to the IDIOTS at the EPA, NOAA, and POOR, UNWISE ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION, the western fires are result of poor forestry management practices that did not allow for forests to be thinned out by timber companies. As a result, we (MAN KIND) have created an ecological nightmare of dense, dry forest areas that become the perfect fuel for sustained fires.SLACK JACK ... You and your EPA buddies need an education on the damage YOU have caused because you failed to listen to GOD, creater of the planet.Plaese quit publishing FAKE NEWS that was developed using FAKE DATA from people who have FAKE CREDENTIALS.

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Yog Soggoth detached.amusement Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:00 Permalink

Gus is kinda right about the poor forestry thing. What ranchers have always done is burn when it is safe so there is not a lot of fuel to cause major devastation. We call them controlled fires in the east, and it took a long time for the Parks to realize it is natures way. They obviously were not doing this out west on purpose so they could blame global warming and kick ranchers off their land for nefarious reasons. Usually Uranium, gold, rare Earth metals, and oil. What do you think the Bundy ranch altercation was about?

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TheGardener defender1be Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:21 Permalink

Good food for thought. I live on a high plain ringed by wind mills at the edges. We don´t get much rain anymoreand are becoming a high dry plain. Streams , wells and small ponds all drying up. Out of dozen ponds where I usedto go duck hunting only 3 have water this season. We always had a slight breeze up here just like a sea breeze ,maybe winds no longer strong enough make the rain clouds pass us by...

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tion GUS100CORRINA Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

You make a valid point about the importance of forestry management, .gov could even earn a little money from doing a more responsible job managing it and save in fire damages.I have never seen a real lumberjack here though, only limp wristed flannel and skinny jean wearing, single gear bike riding bearded hipster cucks. They would probably label cutting down trees as hate speech.

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The Cooler King (not verified) NumNutt Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:16 Permalink

"I wonder if Slack Ass makes $7,000 a month in his basement like the other dumbass.."  mosley makes $7k a month in his basement mining bitcoins... But the heat that's generated from the CPU's is the main source for global warming & will end up breaking off Antarctic ice shelves & shit, & the rising ocean temperatures, and subsequent floodling of coastal towns, will cause unmitigated catastrophe... But ~ whereby, the 'planetary consciousness of the bitcoin community will then all band together to SAVE their fellow man in times of crisis... Like here: https://www.meetup.com/houstonbitcoin/messages/boards/ oops ~ still not a peep since MAY 8, 2017 (patience folks, they're waiting for the right time to STRIKE)  

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TxExPat graftvshost Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:47 Permalink

At one point in time, the "overwhelming scientific consensus" was that the Earth was the center of the Universe, and the Sun revolved around the Earth.  Did that make the consensus right?"Consensus Science" gets very little traction in the Hard Sciences (you will find very few fans of Global Warming in the Math/Physics or even Geology community).  But if you poll in the "Climate Science" community, support is stronger (Translation, if you poll people who's paycheck depends on a certain thing being true, they are inclined to report that the thing is "more or less" true).Truth Hurts, but the current state of Climate Science loosely matches Lysenkoism, an errant theory strongly backed by elements of the state, because it re-enforces the position of those elements of the state, not because of logic or reason...   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism 

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