The Maho Beach Cam recorded these two horrendous clips before it was destroyed by “The Beast” Irma, packing wind speeds of 185 MPH (297 KMH)…
CAT 5 Hurricane Irma Latest News – Wed September 6, 22:36 (Singapore Time)
Models have revealed Hurricane Irma is the “strongest Atlantic hurricane ever” as it has already hit much of the Caribbean, with St Kitts and Antigua next.
The National Hurricane Center said Irma was maintaining its Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185 MPH.
Hurricane warnings remain in place across the Caribbean and many people in the immediate path of Irma have been left without power.
Hurricane Irma’s strength has triggered seismometers, which are designed to measure earthquakes as the Category 5 storm creates life-threatening storm surges along its path.
Officials in Florida have begun ordering evacuations after US forecast models predicted southern tip of Florida being caught up in Irma’s path.
The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, has told Americans in hurricane-prone areas to brace themselves for Hurricane Irma to reach land.
The latest update from the NHC said: “The chance of direct impacts from Irma later this week and this weekend is increasing in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula.
“However, it is too soon to specify the timing and magnitude of the impacts. Elsewhere, it is too early to determine what direct impacts Irma might have on the continental United States.”
The Weather Channel HD Live Stream – Tracking Hurricane Irma
Live: HURRICANE IRMA Tracking, CAT 5 185 MPH to SLAM FLORIDA – Orlando Hurricane
EPIC videos of Irma eyewall via WUWT…
This was taken earlier today by the new GOES-16 weather satellite, which has been producing some fantastic hi-res imagery of Hurricane Irma, This video, from NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) in Huntsville, AL, tops anything I’ve ever seen.
Here is the same sequence, zoomed out a bit further:
UPDATE 7 September :
Hurricane Irma Aftermath (Anguilla/St.Maarten/St.Martin)…
UDATE 7 September 20:50 (Singapore Time) :
“And we can see that Irma is not in the same league as the others.”
MORE sane and measured ‘scientific’ analysis from Paul Homewood. Refreshing, amongst the diatribe of alarmist speculation and theorising from the usual climate ambulance chasing suspects…
UPDATE 7 September 23:00
From reliable news sources, up to 95% of Barbuda was flattened by Irma…
Via The Telegraph:
‘Literally rubble’: Barbuda, the unknown Caribbean island that Diana loved, devastated by Irma
Bermuda and Barbados, sure. But Barbuda? You may never have heard of it.
We’d forgive you for having little knowledge of this Caribbean island, which, sadly, seems to have made its first appearance in global consciousness as the victim of Hurricane Irma.
“Barbuda now is literally rubble,” said prime minister Gaston Browne. “It is heart-wrenching, absolutely devastating.” He said some 95 per cent of the island’s buildings had been damaged.
UPDATE 8 September 00:40 (Singapore Time) :
Richard Branson’s son has posted to say that people staying on Necker Island are safe, but the buildings on the island have been destroyed.
Sam Branson posted on instagram from the luxury retreat in the British Virgin Islands as he warned others in the path of the storm to find safe shelter
UPDATE 8 September 02:25 (Singapore Time) (7/9 14:25 ET USA) :
UPDATE 8 September 08:50 (Singapore Time) :
TWO’S A PARTY, THREE’S A CROWD!
Incredible sat pic of the three hurricanes spinning simultaneously in the Atlantic basin…
via WUWT :
It is not often that you get to see two Atlantic and one Gulf of Mexico hurricanes all at once on a single satellite image, but we live in “interesting times” and the remarkable imagery from the new GOES-16 spacecraft continues to impress the world.
Hurricane expert Dr. Philip Klotzbach says:
Currently have 3 hurricanes w/ 2 major hurricanes in Atlantic – 4th time on record we’ve had 3 hurricanes w/ 2 majors at same time. Other three years w/ 3 hurricanes & 2 major hurricanes in Atlantic were 1893, 1961 and 2010.
Here, I’ve taken several snips and made a hi-res composite image to show a half-disk view of the Western Hemisphere as seen by visible light by GOES-16. Dr. Roy Spencer commented on Facebook today that
On that I agree, it’s also Nature’s deadliness on display. Like the famous “blue marble” image from 1968, this image too is a bit humbling, and a reminder that no matter how much we want to believe we can control weather/climate through our actions and lifestyle, Nature, when it so chooses, can squish us like a bug.
AFTERMATH Footage (Lesser Antilles) :
Anguilla copping a pounding from Irma. This is what a CAT 5 eyewall looks and feels like…
UPDATE 8 September 13:25 (Singapore Time) (8/9 00:25 ET USA) :
Via WUWT :
From the National Hurricane Center at 11PM EDT tonight:
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 75 miles (120 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km).
Florida is 500 miles long and 160 miles wide at its most distant points.
That includes the Keys and the panhandle. Using Google Earth, I measured the length of the Florida peninsula (minus the Keys) and came up with ~391 miles.
Measuring the size of Irma, based on the densest cloud bands, it shows ~528 miles in diameter from outer dense cloud bands through the eye. I also did a measurement across the panhandle from Tampa to Cape Canaveral and came up with ~139 miles.
hurricanetropical storm force winds extending “outward up to 185 miles” according to NHC, that means that if the storms holds in strength, the entire width of the Florida panhandle may get tropical storm force winds (39–73 mph, 63–118 km/h). That’s sobering, especially in light of this track projection:
Irma is certainly bigger than hurricane Andrew, seen here in 1992:
More updates soon…