Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma Now Classed as Strongest Ever Seen in Atlantic

Vessels Warned to Clear the Area and Take Protective Measures
Shipping News Feature

CARRIBEAN – Following on from Hurricane Harvey that caused massive disruption to Texas last week the Caribbean is now facing Hurricane Irma, which has been rated at as Class 5 hurricane and has been ranked as the most powerful hurricane to have ever been recorded in the Atlantic. As of 0820 GMT the Hurricane has hit Barbuda and is expected to hit the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Puerto Rico. Alerts have been issued throughout Florida, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is reporting winds of 185mph and that winds of 50mph will be encountered out to 50 miles from the eye. They also report that the storm surge is expected to raise water levels by up to 20 feet (7 metres) above normal in the Turk and Caicos Islands and the South Eastern Bahamas.

Vessels in the area should take all action to avoid the worst of the storm which is currently heading West North-West at 15mph. Crew should also update themselves regularly on the situation by checking the NHC website HERE.