March 21 2018

Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

March 21 2018, 10:11 | Clarence Walton

Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

Irma could hit Cuba and south Florida by week's end.

"Now is the time to prepare", McMaster said.

At another news conference Wednesday, Broward County officials said a local state of emergency was declared Wednesday morning. The declaration is not an evacuation, however.

The Category 5 hurricane is expected to continue on a northwestern path today, with the eye of the storm hitting or passing near the Northern Virgin Islands and near the northern edge of Puerto Rico.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have closed for severe weather in the past, most recently for one full day previous year during Hurricane Matthew. It's expected to make landfall there this weekend. It's still uncertain, however, if that will happen, as the models could shift.

"Early indications seem to show that Antigua has not been too badly hit, but we can not say the same for Barbuda as we don't yet know", reported Antigua's ABS radio.

Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean
Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

McMaster said he intends to request a presidential disaster declaration, but he has not spoken with President Donald Trump yet.

She said the French government was launching an emergency plan but it was vital to assess the damage because at this stage authorities could not get access to the worst-hit areas.

If it hits Florida it will be the second powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in two weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused devastation and led to the deaths of 60 people. "Learn your evacuation zone".

"Get prepared", McMaster said. "Everything revolves around the safety of our guests and team members". The county's emergency operations center will be activated at 7 a.m. Thursday and will run for 24 hours a day.

At least two people are dead as Hurricane Irma sweeps through the Caribbean, destroying buildings and causing flooding, officials say. It could turn later and go up the Gulf coast or it could buzz right up the South Florida coast, putting millions of people in the path of a once-in-a-generation hurricane. "Do you have the medicine you needed?" he tweeted.

As of 2 p.m. AST, the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.5 north, longitude 64.7 west. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

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