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Noaa hurricane center-HURRICANE Irma is tearing through the Caribbean as it continues on its destructive path towards Florida. Here are live updates on the hurricane’s path, track and the latest weather models.



Hurricane Irma path update LIVE: Latest NOAA track as models show hurricane to HIT Flor >

Bringing you the latest Hurricane Irma path updates, storm track, weather models, the latest forecasts, tracking maps and videos as the storm heads towards Florida.

The category 3 hurricane, with winds reaching up to 175 mph, has left a trail of destruction across Cuba, the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos.

The ferocious storm was ranked a catergory 5 storm, but later weakened to category 4 and then 3 after it thrashed Cuba.

However it is expected to to rise to category 5 when it crosses the sea, hurtling towards Florida.

The death toll from Hurricane Irma has risen to at least 20, with tiny Caribbean islands such as St Martin and Barbuda reduced to rubbble.

Once the storm hits Florida, it is feared it will continue tracking to Georgia and Carolina.

We will have the very latest Hurricane Irma news in one place, updated throughout the day and night until the storm has passed.

Here are live updates from the the NOAA, National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Weather Service (NWS) as well as the most advanced weather models from around the world.

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10

7.10am EDT: Hurricane Irma makes landfall over Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma has just reached the Lower Florida Keys, and the eye of the storm is now only 15 miles away from Key West.

Maximum sustained winds are recorded at 130 mph (215 km/h).

5am EDT: Eye of Irma to move across Lower Florida Keys

At 5am EDT, the eye of the Hurricane Irma was spotted just 40 miles (65 km) south-southeast of Key West and 140 miles (225 km) south of Naples.

The hurricane is pushing forward at a speed of 8 mph (13 km/h) and has reached maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h).

4.22am EDT: Hurricane winds reach Florida Keys

A National Ocean Service station located on Molasses Reef has begun to pick up sustained winds of up to 66 mph (105 km/h). An individual gust has been measured at 85 mph (137 km/h).

Hurricane Irma was last spotted about 55 miles (90 km) south-southeast of Key West, Florida.

Key West International Airport is meanwhile picking up sustained wind speed of 43 mph (69 km/h) with a 73 mph (117 km/h) gust.

02.00 Hurricane Irma Update –NOAA

Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category 4 storm.

The NHC said: “Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 mph (210 km/h) with higher gusts.

“Irma is now a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

“Irma is forecast to restrengthen a little more while it moves through the Straits of Florida and remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches the Florida Keys and the west coast of Florida.”

The deadly weather phenomenon was expected to pick up speed as it travels from Cuba to Florida.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9

23.00 Hurricane Irma Update – NOAA

A life threatening storm surge is expected in Florida despite the colossal weather phenomenon “taking its time” moving away from Cuba.

In a statement the National Hurricane Center warned regularly dry areas in the Florida Keys and the state’s west coast would be flooded by the surge as Irma edges closer to the continental US.

The NHC added: “The combination of a life-threatening storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels above normal tide levels”.

21.00 Hurricane Irma Update – NOAA

Near–hurricane strength winds have been reported in Florida Keys as Irma makes its way towards the mainland US.

The high-speed wind gusts, which struck the Florida Keys, were confirmed by National Hurricane Center.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 kilometres per hour), the center said.

20.00 Hurricane Irma Update – NOAA

Heavy squalls with embedded tornados are sweeping across the south of Florida ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Irma

The NHC said in its 8pm EDT update: “A few tornadoes are possible this evening and tonight over south Florida, expanding northward into central Florida on Sunday.”

It comes ahead of the storm’s landfall, which is expected in the early hours of the morning.

18.00 HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE – NOAA

Winds are picking on the mainland US, with a National Ocean Service station in Molasses Reef, Florida, reporting sustained winds of 54 mph (87 kmh) with a gust to 62 mph (100 kmh).

Key West, which is expected to bear the brunt of the first of the storm reported sustained winds of 41 mph (67 km/h) with a gust to 68 mph (109 km/h).

17:37: HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE – NOAA

Hurricane Irma’s powerful threat to Florida has only just begun after the NOAA announced the first steps of Irma’s path in the US state.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced there is “imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding in portions of central and southern Florida, including the keys.

Irma is also expected to bring dangerous wind impacts to much of Florida, along with portions of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

The NHC said Irm will produce heavy rainfall over much of Florida and Georgia.

The devastating forecast comes after Hurricane Irma uprooted trees and tore off roofs in Cuba on Saturday with 125mph (200-km per hour) winds that damaged hotels in the island’s best-known beach resorts and forced evacuations as far along the coast as low-lying areas of the capital Havana.

Power was out and cellphone service was spotty in many regions as Irma neared the end of a 200-mile (320-km) trek westwards along the top of the island. It was forecast to head north toward Florida in the evening.

17:23pm EDT: HURRICANE IRMA – NOAA

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) have re-iterated Floridians Irma will bring life-threatening wind and storm surge to the Florida Keys and south-western Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane tonight through Saturday.

Irma’s destructive path will cause “life-threatening wind impacts to much of Florida regardless of the exact track of the center”.

The NHC said: “The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected.”

The NHC added: “Irma is expected to produce very heavy rain and inland flooding.

“Total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with isolated amounts of between 20 and 25 inches, are expected over the Florida Keys, the Florida peninsula, and southeast Georgia from Saturday through Monday.”

17:00pm EDT: HURRICANE PATH UPDATE – NOAA

Hurricane Irma is causing weather in Florida to “deteriorate” as it approaches the US state, according to the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) warning.

The NHC said “major hurricane force winds” are expected at daybreak, with new hurricane and storm surge warnings issued.

The NHC said: “The eye of Irma is beginning to move slowly away from the coast of Cuba while weather is deteriorating in South Florida.”

16:55pm EDT: HURRICANE IRMA PATH UPDATE

Hurricane Irma’s winds are picking up dramatically in South Florida now, as Irma begins its path to the north and west.

Wind gusts as fast as 70mph have started to plough into the east coast state, with numbers expected to rise through to Sunday morning.

16:45pm EDT: HURRICANE IRMA PATH UPDATE

Hurricane Irma’s core will continue to skim across the northern coast of Cuba, but Irma’s eye is expected to strike part of the Florida Keys on Sunday morning before driving up the state’s southwestern coast in the afternoon.

Irma is expected to make landfill in Florida as an extremely dangerous hurricane, once it restrengthens after devastating Cuba.

The storm is still a category three, with sustained winds of 125mph, its eye moving at about 9mph.

16:29pm EDT: British police officers and almost 500 troops to be deployed as part of the country’s efforts to step up support to the Caribbean islands left devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The Government announced a £32mllion aid package and pledged to double any public donations to the British Red Cross appeal for victims of Hurricane Irma, up to £3 million.

16:05pm EDT: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) have confirmed Hurricane Irma’s track is moving towards Florida, leaving Cuba after hours of destruction.

The NHC, in a 16:00pm EDT Irma update, stated that winds are beginning to increase in Florida keys and the Southern Florida Peninsula.

Irma’s path is about 125 miles of south east of Key West.

The storm is still a category three, with sustained winds of 125mph, its eye moving at about 9mph.

Molasses Reef recently reported sustained winds of 49 mph (79 km/h) with a gust to 56 mph (90 km/h).

Marathon recently reported sustained winds of 41 mph (66 km/h) with a gust to 55 mph (89 km/h).

#Irma’s eye has emerged from the north coast of Cuba, and it looks to be beginning its inexorable turn towards the WNW. pic.twitter.com/RQFT8rkrev

16:00pm EDT: As Hurricane Irma looms between the ocean gap of Cuba and Florida, America’s emergency management chief warns Floridians who stay in the Florida Keys: “You’re on your own”.

The category 3 hurricane’s path is set to batter West Keys in the early hours of Sunday, with winds of more than 50mph are expected to pummel the region from about 5pm, the National Hurricane Center confirmed.

The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Brock Long warned that federal first responders won’t immediately be able to help those in the areas hardest hit.

He said: ”You’re on your own until we can actually get in there, and it’s safe for our teams to support local and state efforts.

“The message has been clear — the Keys are going to be impacted, there is no safe area within the Keys, and you put your life in your own hands by not evacuating.”

15:50pm EDT: As Hurricane Irma crawls along the north coast of Cuba, authorities in Florida made a final push to drive more than six million people out of danger zones, off the streets and into shelters on on to high ground.

Forty-two shelters were open across the Miami area, with 11 already full as more than 25,000 people hunkered down, temporary refugees from the storm.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed tropical storm-force winds of more than 50mph were expected to pummel the region from about 5pm EDT on Saturday.

15:35pm EDT: US President Donald Trump and his cabinet are receiving regular updates on Hurricanes Irma and Jose as they meet at the Camp David Presidential retreat.

The White House adds that Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump are keeping everyone who has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in their thoughts and prayers. They

They are also urging the public to closely follow safety advice from local authorities.

15:05pm EDT: Hurricane Irma has aided a prison break-in in which more than 100 inmates escaped a jail in the British Virgin Islands.

The group, which could number as high as 120, fled the prison when it was partly destroyed by the then-Category 5 storm.

It is unknown whether the prisoners fled for their own safety as the hurricane caused devastation across the islands.

15:00pm EDT: Everything we know so far

– Hurricane Irma batters Cuba and its path heads towards Florida Keys

– At least 25 dead

– Hurricane to restrengthen as it moves away from Cuba, with winds to hit more than 110mph by the time it reaches Florida Keys – the National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed

– Evacuation one around Fort Myers in western Florida expanded

– Irma expected to arrive near Key West at 8am on Sunday

– Foreign Office hotline for people affected: 020 7008 0000

14:45pm EDT: Irma is expected to regain strength as it moves away from Cuba, with winds predicted to hit more than 110mph by the time it reaches the Florida Keys early Sunday.

National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest projections show the storm moving at about 9mph, with winds of 125mph still over Cuba’s northern shore.

Irma’s current projected course shows the eye making landfall three times on Florida: first over the Lower Keys, where meteorologists expect devastating storm surges; then over Cape Coral or Fort Myers, in south-west Florida; and finally it is expected to come within range of Tampa Bay, the state’s third most populous city.

14:12pm EDT: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has announced the current threat to life and property in Key West and Big pine is “extreme”.

The 2pm update urged people to hide from the wind.

“Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life, or immense human suffering.”

Latest local forecast predict a peak wind speed of 105-125mph with gusts up to 145mph – the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane.

The potential impacts from the main wind event are still unfolding.

14:07pm EDT: Miami Beach has ordered all citizens need to be off the streets by 8pm ahead of Hurricane Irma.

14:02pm EDT: Hurricane Irma is “lingering” over Cuba as it continues to edge closer to South Florida and the Keys, according to the latest update from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC).

NHC’s update said Hurricane Irma is now located around 65 miles (100km) from Varadero Cuba and around 145miles (235km) south east of key west Florida.

13:56pm EDT: Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island and Port Charlotte could all be under as much as nine feet of water.

13:53pm EDT: Rick Scott, Florida’s 45th Governor, orders emergency contracts to help motorists during evacuations along the interstate-10 corridor.

Announcing on Twitter, he also approved an emergency contract for buses and resources to support evacuation services on the same interstate.

13:50pm EDT: Two people in Mexico died Saturday in a mudslide related to Hurricane Katia, according to Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes.

The mudslide occurred in the city of Xalapa in the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz.

Rivers in the mountainous region are flooding from the remnants of the hurricane.

13:30: EDT: Florida asks another 700,000 to leave ahead of Hurricane Irma; nearly 7million total urged to evacuate multiple states.

Roughly one-third of the state’s population have fled the storm.

13:13pm EDT: Florida Governor Rick Scott repeated his warnings to take shelter, saying Hurricane Irma is the most “catastrophic storm the state has ever seen”.

13:01pm EDT: More “reasonable worst case scenario” forecasts show potential storm surge flooding in Naples and Marco island, with both areas at risk of being nine feet or more underwater.

Hurricane Irma, a category 3 hurricane as of 11:00am EDT, is forecast to restrengthen while heading for South Florida and the Keys.

12.35pm EDT: A tornado warning was issued for a collision with Everglades City with it due to hit any minute now. The National Weather Service’s Miami branch has tweeted: “Possible TORNADO MOVING TOWARD EVERGLADES CITY AROUND 12:28PM – TAKE COVER NOW!”

12:30pm EDT: A “reasonable worst case scenario” forecast shows HALF of Key West underwater due to storm surge, according to a Weather Channel meteorologist.

Hurricane Irma, a category 3 hurricane as of 11:00am EDT, is forecast to restrengthen while heading for South Florida and the Keys.

Key West, a U.S island city with a population of at least 25,000 people, is predicted to feel the brunt of Irma by Sunday morning.

Officials and forecasters have warned of the dangers of “life-threatening” storm surge associated with the storm.

Hurricane Irma path: Key West could be half an underwater city by Sunday morning

11:56am: EDT: Florida has asked another 700,000 to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma, brining the total to 7 million people, more than 25 percent of the state’s population, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

11:34am: EDT: According to the NHC, the storm will arrive in the Keys, an archipelago off the peninsula’s southern tip, on Sunday morning.

11am: EDT: The 11am EDT update, from the NHC, said Hurricane Irma is now located around 90 miles (145km) from Varadero Cuba and around 175miles (285km) south east of key west Florida.

Irma is now a category 3 hurricane, but is expected to strengthen when it moves over the warm open water as it approaches Florida.

Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches have now been extended from Chassahowitzka to the Suwanee River to Ochlockonee River and from north of the Volusia/Brevard County line north to the Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

10:53am: EDT: The Florida Keys are already suffering damage from the outer bands of Hurricane Irma as it makes it way to the west coast.. Officials say residents need to be evacuated by 12noon.

10:48am: EDT: On Wall Street, the S&P 500 ended slightly lower as investors braced for potential damage and massive insurance claims from Irma. Many economists are predicting that third-quarter gross domestic product will take a hit due to the hurricanes.

10:14am: EDT: The United States has been hit by only three Category 5 storms since 1851, and Irma is far larger than the last one in 1992, Hurricane Andrew, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

President Donald Trump said in a videotaped statement that Irma was “a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential” and called on people to heed recommendations from government officials and law enforcement. In Palm Beach, Trump’s waterfront Mar-a-Lago estate was ordered evacuated.

A shelter in southwest Miami filled to capacity just hours after it opened its doors, with many people there remembering the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive to hit the state.

Ann Samuels, 49, said: “I’m scared because it is bigger than Andrew.

“They say to not stress and not worry, but how can you not?”

10:01am: EDT: The destruction along Cuba’s north central coast was similar to that seen on other Caribbean islands over the last week as Irma smashed the Ciego de Avila province around midnight.

State media said it was the first time the eye of a Category 5 storm had made landfall since 1932. In the days before Irma struck, the island’s Communist government evacuated tens of thousands of foreign tourists from resorts on the northern coast.

In Ciego de Avila province, Irma was forecast to generate waves of up to 7 metre (23 feet), with flooding expected as far west as the capital Havana, authorities said on Saturday.

Maybelis Viareal, 30, a receptionist at a hotel in the northern Cuban town of Remedios, said: “I am absolutely terrified. I have lived through tropical storms before but nothing like this.”

9:35am: EDT: Governor Rick Scott issued an impassioned plea to Flordians telling them to take the deadly hurricane seriously, saying: “Your house can be replaced, your posessions can be replaced, but you life cannot and your family cannot be replaced”.

He told a press conference: “This is a deadly storm we have never seen anything like this before, it is bigger than our state.

“With a storm surge threat, which will reach 6 to 12 ft of impacts above ground level. This will cover your house .. you will not survive all this storm surge.

“This is a life threatening situation. if you have been ordered to evacuate, you need to go right now. If you’re in an evacuation zone, leave.

“You need to listen to local evacuation orders. This is going to go faster than you are, these winds are coming. “

He added: “Once the storm starts, law encforcment cannot save you. Do not put your life or your family’s life at risk.

“Protecting life is our absolutely top priority. Our goal is to protect every person in this state’s life.

“We are being very aggressive in our preparation.

“Your house can be replaced, your posessions, your life cannot and your family’s life cannot be replaced.

“This is so important . everyone in Florida needs to find a safe place to go. We are under a state of emergency.”

Florida has seen 260 shelters opened across the state since the threat of the hurricane rose and 70 more are set to open. 50,000 Floridians have already taken shelter.

9:14am: EDT: Florida will be plunged into darkness when Storm Irma takes hold, with energy companies warning power could be out for a week due to devastating damage.

Rick Scott has issued an impassioned plea

9:35am: EDT: Governor Rick Scott issued a terrifying warning telling Flordians to take the deadly hurricane seriously, saying: “Your house can be replaced, your posessions can be replaced, but you life cannot and your family cannot be replaced.

He told a press conference: “This is a deadly storm we have never seen anything like this before, it is bigger than our state.

“With a storm surge threat, which will reach 6 to 12 ft of impacts above ground level. This will cover your house .. you will not survive all this storm surge.

“This is a life threatening situation. if you have ordered to evacuate, you need to go right now. If you’re in an evacuation zone, leave.

“You need to listen to local evacuation orders. This is going to go faster than you are, these winds are coming. “

He added: “Once the storm starts, law encforcment cannot save you. Do not put your life or your family’s life at risk.

“Protecting life is our abso top priority. Our goal is to protect every person in this state’s life.

“We are being very aggressive in our preparation.

“Your house can be replace,d your posession, you life cannot and your family cannot be replaced.

This is so important everyone in Florida needs to find a safe place to go. We are under a state of emergecny.

Florida has seen 260 shelters opened across the state since the threat of the hurricane rose and 70 more are set to open. 50,000 Floridians have already taken shelter.

9:14am: EDT: Florida will be plunged into darkness when Storm Irma takes hold, with energy companies warning power could be out for a week due to devastating damage.

9:09am: EDT: The threat of a tornado hitting the US has now risen due to the shift from east to west of the hurricane.

Michael Ventrice, Meteorological Scientist, said: “Although the track of #Irma has shifted west, isolated tornadoes are going to be a problem from #Miami up through #PalmBeach in rainbands.”

9:06am: EDT: Residents are being urged to sleep downstairs and sleep away from windows to avoid falling trees this evening.

Brian Shields, meteorologist, said: “Irma has a mind of its own”.

He said tropical storm conditions will be on top of Florida by this afternoon, while hurricane conditions will hit at 10pm on Sunday and the first half of Monday will experience 50 to 60pmh winds. Rain will reach six to 12 inches.

8:59am: EDT: As Cuba continues to be battered by the astonishing hurricane, local radio station Cadena Agramonte say waves in the the north coast of Ciego de Ávila were reported between 5 and 7 metres in height.

Given the persistence of strong winds, it is predicted coastal floods will occur south of Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila and Sancti Spíritus.

8:29am: EDT: The path of the ferocious storm is hitting the north coast of Cuba hard, and although the terrain of Cuba will weaken, the hurricane is expected to restrengthen to category 5 as it heads towards Florida’s west coast.

Hurricane and Storm Surge Watches have now been discontinued in the Bahamas and the Ragged Island, but the tracker predicts it will thrash the Florida Keys on Sunday morning.

8:06am: EDT: Hurricane Irma is continuing to hit Cuba hard as it ferociously picks up speed on its way to Florida, where it will thrash the Keys on Sunday morning.

The latest 8am update from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it is now around 10 miles (15km) north west of Caibarien Cuba and around 225 miles (365km) south of Miami in Florida with hours to go until it Florida’s west coast is next in the firing line.

7:33am: EDT: Hundreds of residents in Altamonte Springsare queuing in their cars to get sandbags in preparation for the storm to thrash Florida. Authorities have told residents in Alabama and Georgia they have time to prepare, but must take it seriously and act in time.

Hardware stores are closed to prepare, which is making it difficult for residents to get hold of sandbags and boards to protect their homes. One hardware store reported selling up to 20 to 30,000 boards to concerned citizens.

7:30am: EDT: Florida residents are being urged to take shelter by 5pm as they continue with their preparations before rain and wind from Irma move in on Sunday.

Local forecasters said conditions are already deteriorating as rain and thunderstroms hit Florida.

6:47am: EDT: The latest NOAA path update spaghetti models show a slight deviation in its path. CBS Local forecasters in Miami offered an update on the latest spaghetti models, which shows Hurricane Irma travelling through the middle of Florida, which means Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville will feel the full force of the storm.

6:33am: EDT: Shocking images have emerged of the trail of destruction in Cuba as the deadly storm smashed the coastline.

Power lines and palm trees were uprooted by the hurricane as sheets of rain lash the area rand huge waves crash over sea walls.

6:21am:EDT: Hurricane Irma has “severely affected” the centre of Cuba with gusts up to 260 km/h hitting late on Friday night.

The hurricane, the first of such a force whose eye touches the island since 1932, “severely affected the provinces of Camagüey and Ciego de Avila”, in the centre of the country, announced the Cuban meteorologist Elier Pila on state television.

6:08am: EDT: The Institute of Meteorology of Cuba (IMC) said: “The eye of Hurricane Irma has landed in Romano Cay, north of the municipality of Esmeralda in the province of Camagüey around 9:00 pm Friday.”

5:31am: EDT: Irma was so devastating it broke Cuban meteorological equipment meant to be record wind speed.

5.00am EDT: The 5am update from the NOAA National Hurricane Center said warnings for both hurricane and storm sturges have been extended north up the Flordia West coast, with citizens along the Anclote River to Chassahowitzka told to be on high alert.

It will then head north east to hit the Florida east coast.

The update by the National Hurricane Center warned: “The Hurricane Warning is extended northward along the Florida East coast to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.

“A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued north of Fernandina Beach to Altamaha Sound, Georgia.

“Additional Watches and Warnings may be required for portions of the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, as well as portions of the Florida Gulf Coast later today.”

Storm surges have been described as “life threatening” for the next 36 hours with residents in coastal areas told to evacuate and protect property.

4.00am: EDT: Hurricane Jose has now strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane and is following a similar path to Irma. Jose is expected to reach the northeastern Caribbean on Saturday. Wind speeds will exceed 150mph.

2.00am EDT: The total death toll is currently 22. Five of the 22 people reported to have died during Irma are said to have come from the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

Irma lashed Cuba and is on its way to Florida

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8

11.00pm EDT: Hurricane Irma once again a Category 5 storm

The 11pm EDT (4am BST) update from the NHC said Data from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft has revealed the maximum sustained winds of Irma have increased to nearly 160 mph with higher gusts.

The reading means Irma is once again a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with officials extending hurricane warnings further north on the mainland US.

4.50pm EDT: Irma damage visible from space

The shocking damage wrought by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean can be seen from space.

Previously green and luscious islands are now shown brown after the 100mph+ winds blew away all vegetation.

All that can now been seen in satellite imagery is the brown of the bare soil.

2pm EDT: Hurricane Irma continues towards Florida

Hurricane Irma was last located just 225 miles (365 km) east from Caibarien in Cuba, and 380 miles (610 km) southeast of Florida.

Irma is travelling at a speed of 14 mph (22 km/h), and the cyclone’s winds are now at 155 mph (250 km/h).

The NHC said: “Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center.

“There is the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation in southern Florida and the Florida Keys during the next 36 hours, where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect.

“In particular, the threat of significant storm surge flooding along the southwest coast of Florida has increased, and 6 to 12 feet of inundation above ground level is possible in this area. “

12.55pm EDT: Florida continues to prepare for the storm

More than 250,000 people have been ordered to evacuate Palm Beach County.

Three people have died in the US Virgin Islands and nine other people were killed by the storm around the Caribbean.

11.28am EDT: Hurricane Irma is moving between the North coast of Hispaniola and The Turks and Caicos Islands

At 2pm AST, it is moving North West at 16mph. It is on track to hit the east coast of Florida on Sunday.

Irma battered a string of northeast islands in the Caribbean

Barbuda appeared to take the worst hit leaving at least 90 per cent of the country’s homes damaged, according to officials.

The hurricane is still making its way towards Florida, and the state is busy making preparations for tourists and residents.

Hurricane Irma path update: The latest image of the Atlantic

11am EDT Hurricane Irma winds up to 155 mph

The latest update from the NHC said that Irma remains ‘an extremely dangerous’ category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds.

11 EDT: Hurricane Irma nears Cuba

The NHC said: “On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.”

11 EDT: Hurricane Irma just over 400 miles from Florida

Hurricane Irma was last located about 405 miles (655 km) southeast of Miami, Florida. The storm is moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 14mph.

Hurricane Irma 2am EDT update: Irma heads for the Turks and Caicos Islands

11 EDT: Hurricane Irma threatens Bahamas

The NHC said: “Irma is an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane and will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to the Bahamas through Saturday.

“Hurricane conditions will also spread over portions of the north coast of Cuba, especially over the adjacent Cuban Keys through Saturday.”

11am EDT: Hurricane Irma likely to make landfall in Florida

The NHC said: “Irma is likely to make landfall in southern Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and will bring life-threatening storm surge and wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center.”

Hurricane Warning: Southern Florida, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay. Hurricane Watches: Northward into central Florida.

11am EDT: Storm surge flooding could push water up 12 feet

Up to 12 feet of inundation above ground level is possible along the southwest coast of Florida due to storm surge flooding.

The NHC said: “This is a life-threatening situation. Irma is expected to produce very heavy rain and inland flooding.

“Total rain accumulations of 4 to 12 inches, with isolated amounts of 20 inches are expected over the Florida peninsula Saturday through Monday.

“The highest amounts are expected over the eastern Florida peninsula and upper Florida Keys. “

11am EDT: NHC update on threat to USA

The NHC said: “Irma will likely bring periods of heavy rain to much of Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina early next week, including some mountainous areas which are more prone to flash flooding.

“All areas seeing heavy rainfall from Irma will experience a risk of flooding and flash flooding.”

11am EDT: Latest warning update

Storm Surge Warning extended from Jupiter Inlet northward to Sebastian Inlet and from Bonita Beach northward to Venice.

Storm Surge Watch issued from north of Sebastian Inlet to Ponce Inlet.

Hurricane Watch has been extended northward along the east coast of Florida to the Flagler/Volusia County Line, and along the west coast of Florida to Anclote River.

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SOURCE: http://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/850672/Hurricane-Irma-path-NOAA-track-models-update-Florida-US-tracking-live-latest-NHC-news


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