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    Alert Category 5 Hurricane Irma Headed for Florida


    Irma potential impact zones

    Hurricane Irma now poses a serious threat to the USA and a state of emergency has been decalred for every county in Florida.

    In the Caribbean, hurricane warnings were issued for 12 island groups, including Antigua, where the governor urged people to evacuate the tiny island of Anegada if they could ahead of the storm.

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    Looks like it's heading on into the Gulf after Florida and/or Cuba - that isn't Houston straight in line with the end of the 'cone' is it?
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    Still uncertain but most models suggest direct hit on Florida.

    The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will strengthen even more and may become the strongest hurricane on record.
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    Arrow Latest satellite shows catastrophic event soon for the Leeward Islands

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    Ouch, not good! I'm guessing this one maybe be hard to call though - the slightest deviation south from that predicted line for the next few days brings it over a lot more land which i'm guessing would have a big effect on its strength and perhaps direction.
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    Irma is classic Cape Verde hurricane and will make history as one of the strongest storms ever recorded on Earth. Almost all Cape Verde hurricanes have done so in the past.

    Read this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde_hurricane

    Most computer models suggest direct hit on Florida with great loss of life and populated areas wiped out.
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    National Hurricane Center calls Irma the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin ever recorded.



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    Thanks Meatpie.
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    here we are waiting.

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    The island of Barbudas took a direct hit by CAT 5 Hurricane Irma yesterday - and it has been decimated. Widespread, total destruction reported.


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    Spectacular view of the eye of Hurricane Irma, clearly visible from the International Space Station on Sept 5, 2017.

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    Alert Cars Fly in Irma

    New photos from Saint Martin released a few hours ago show winds of Hurricane Irma were so strong cars were lifted in the air and flipped over.


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    New Scientist: Hurricane Irma’s epic size is being fuelled by global warming

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2146562-hurricane-irmas-epic-size-is-being-fuelled-by-global-warming/?cmpid=SOC|NSNS|2017-Echobox&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm _source=Twitter#link_time=1504778496


    It’s a monster. As the eye of Hurricane Irma approached the tiny island of Barbuda this morning, wind speeds soared to 250 kph before the instrument broke.

    At the time of writing, all contact with the island had been lost and it is unclear how the 1600 inhabitants have fared. But already reports of severe destruction are coming in from other islands in Irma’s path.
    The destruction could be extreme. Hurricane Irma has the strongest winds of any hurricane to form in the open Atlantic, with sustained wind speeds of 295 kph.


    It is also huge. The strongest winds are limited to a relatively small area around its centre, but hurricane-force winds of 118 kph or more extend out 85 kilometres from its eye.
    Irma could yet grow stronger and is going to graze or directly hit many densely-populated islands in the Caribbean before possibly making landfall in Florida on Sunday – but there is still a lot of uncertainty about its path and intensity this far ahead.

    Warmer waters

    So why did Irma grow so strong? Most likely because climate change is making Atlantic waters ever warmer.
    Tropical cyclones are fuelled by warm surface waters of around 26C or more. They draw in moist air from all around them, and as it rises, the water vapour condenses out and releases latent heat, which drives further uplift. Irma’s clouds are 20 kilometres high.
    However, as tropical cyclones grow stronger they churn up the ocean and bring deeper water to the surface. Usually this deeper water is cooler, and cuts off the energy supply.
    The strongest hurricanes, then, can only grow if warm waters extend down to depth of 50 or 100 metres – conditions normally only found in the Gulf or Caribbean.
    In 1990, Hurricane Allen reached 305 kph winds, fuelled by these warmer waters. In 2017’s warmer world, Irma began growing way out in the Atlantic, thanks to sea surface temperatures that were more than 1C above average.

    Stronger storms

    Hurricane intensity depends on many other factors, too, though. For instance, winds high in the atmosphere are often faster than those lower down, blowing away rising air and preventing hurricanes from forming, or growing very strong. Low wind shear helped Irma grow into a perfect storm.
    Computer models suggest global warming is likely to increase wind shear over the Atlantic, meaning there could no more or fewer hurricanes overall, but that storms grow stronger when they do form.
    While tropical cyclones are currently ranked according to their wind speed, storm surges and flooding from high rainfall typically cause most of the damage, as we saw with Harvey.
    The height of a storm surge depends not just on the strength of winds, but on their extent. Hurricane Sandy’s winds were not that strong but the size of the storm piled up the huge storm surge that caused most of the damage in New York and elsewhere.
    So strong winds don’t necessarily mean big damage. The record is held by Hurricane Patricia in the eastern Pacific in 2015, with sustained winds of 345 kph. Fortunately Patricia was small, weakened dramatically before landfall and struck a sparsely populated area.
    Irma, ominously, is both big and intense, and could cause big storm surges in highly populated places. Barbuda recorded a storm surge of 2.4 metres.
    The amount of rainfall dumped by hurricanes can also vary widely depending both on a storm’s intensity, local factor and how fast it moves. Harvey produced huge amounts of rain because it barely moved for days.
    Irma, thankfully, is moving faster – but its behaviour more than two or three days ahead remains highly uncertain.
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    Morning satellite view shows three hurricanes currently churning in the Atlantic.

    Center hurricane Irma, followed by Jose and Katia near Mexico.
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    The governor of Georgia issued a mandatory evacuation order for the city of Savannah minutes ago.
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