Air Transat sending 10 planes to Dominican Republic ahead of hurricane Irma

06 September, 2017, 13:37 | Author: Malcolm Fuller

On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Jose became the 10th storm of this year's hurricane season.

As of 5 a.m. ET, Irma was traveling west-northwest at about 16 miles per hour.

"In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we can not afford to not be prepared", said Scott in a released statement.

Florida, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands are expecting to take the brunt of the storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency to give local governments "ample time, resources and flexibility" to prepare for the storm.

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, many store shelves of water, canned food and other storm provisions are becoming scarce due to residents stocking up for the storm. Hurricane Allen hit 190 miles per hour in 1980, while 2005's Wilma, 1988's Gilbert and a 1935 great Florida Key storm all had 185 miles per hour winds.

Visitors are expected to begin leaving at sunrise Wednesday, and an order for residents will soon follow, said a statement from Monroe County, which includes the popular resort island of Key West.

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Among the most intense storms on record, it only trails Hurricane Allen in 1980 which had winds of 190 miles per hour. We are still in the cone of uncertainty at this point so we need to prepare for a possible impact from this unsafe storm.

The latest estimates put Irma on a more direct path toward South Florida, raising the possibility that the United States could be hit by back-to-back major hurricanes.

Reports from the United States National Hurricane Center in Miami described the hurricane as life-threatening for the United States, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the south-eastern Bahamas.

Winds of up to 185mph (297kph) have hit Barbuda as Hurricane Irma passed directly over the Caribbean island.

Right now if the storm is to have an impact on our coast it would be likely that a hurricane watch would be issued for our area on late Thursday with a warning being issued late on Friday. A similar scenario could then play out somewhere along the Gulf or East coasts of the USA this weekend or next week, depending on where Irma tracks.

"You'd be hard pressed to find any model that doesn't have some impact on Florida", said University of Miami senior hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, according to The AP.

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