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CDEMA Situation Report #2 - Hurricane Irma - as of 9:00pm on September 7, 2017

MESSAGE: Powerful category 5 Hurricane Irma continues to impact CDEMA Participating States while Hurricane Jose poses threat to Northern Leeward Islands.

EVENT: On Thursday September 07, 2017 at 800 PM EDT (0000 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 21.1 North, longitude 71.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with some decrease in forward speed. Maximum sustained winds remain near 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.

PROGNOSIS: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicates that on the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and toward the southeastern Bahamas this evening, Thursday September 07, 2017. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). The minimum central pressure based on data from the Air Force plane is 919 mb (27.14 inches).

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
Original Publication Date: 
07 Sep 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Antigua and Barbuda
Virgin Islands, British
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Martin (French part)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Turks and Caicos Islands
Field coordination
Coordination hub(s): 
Antigua Hub - Eastern Caribbean
Jamaica Hub - North-Western Caribbean
Hurricane Irma - Sep 2017