Hur­ri­cane Irma: where is it go­ing?

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DW—Once con­sid­ered the largest hur­ri­cane recorded in the At­lantic, Hur­ri­cane Irma has swept across Florida, leav­ing de­struc­tion in its wake. But where is it go­ing?

The record-break­ing storm has been down­graded to a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane as it swept across cen­tral Florida.

Hur­ri­cane Irma made its sec­ond land­fall in Florida on Sun­day near Mar­cos Is­land on the US state’s Gulf Coast.

The storm has weak­ened af­ter the eye veered into main­land Florida in­stead of stay­ing in the Gulf of Mex­ico, where it could have strength­ened from warm wa­ters.

Where is Hur­ri­cane Irma?

The hur­ri­cane’s cen­tre was lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 40 kilo­me­tres (25 miles) north­west of Tampa, Florida, as of 3.30am lo­cal time (0730 UTC), ac­cord­ing to the At­lanta-based Weather Com­pany. It is cur­rently mov­ing north­ward at about 23 kilo­me­tres (14 miles) per hour.

Where is it go­ing?

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fore­casts, Irma is ex­pected to bring hur­ri­cane­force winds into Ge­or­gia and South Carolina on Mon­day af­ter­noon. Weather fore­casts warned it could hit parts of Alabama and Tennessee with trop­i­cal storm-force winds.

What will hap­pen to the hur­ri­cane?

Irma is ex­pected to con­tinue head­ing north­ward and gen­er­ally de­grade in size, even­tu­ally be­com­ing a milder storm. How­ever, the hur­ri­cane has the po­ten­tial to bring dan­ger­ous surf and coastal flood­ing to the south­east­ern US.

Which ar­eas were hit hard­est?

US author­i­ties be­lieve the low­ly­ing Florida Keys have been hit the hard­est in the US. More than 4 mil­lion homes and busi­nesses have lost power across the state. Flood­ing, tor­na­does, and dan­ger­ous storm surge have been re­ported across east­ern and west­ern coastal ar­eas.

Hur­ri­cane Irma left a trail of dev­as­ta­tion as it crossed through the Caribbean last week, leav­ing death and de­struc­tion in Saint Mar­tin, Bar­buda, the Vir­gin Is­lands, and Puerto Rico. At least 28 peo­ple have been killed. How­ever, there were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of deaths in Florida.

What are author­i­ties do­ing?

Florida po­lice have ar­rested at least nine peo­ple caught loot­ing dur­ing the hur­ri­cane.Mi­ami,Tampa,Fort Laud­erdale,and other parts of South Florida re­mained un­der cur­few.

Lo­cal author­i­ties have warned res­i­dents to stay in­side and wait up to 24 hours be­fore ven­tur­ing out­side of their homes. Emer­gency crews are ex­pected to take to the streets and be­gin a mas­sive cleanup oper­a­tion on Mon­day morn­ing.

What about Hur­ri­cane Jose?

Hur­ri­cane Jose is a Cat­e­gory 3 hur­ri­cane in the At­lantic Ocean.The Mi­ami-based Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said Jose will likely con­tinue to veer north­ward into the At­lantic Ocean. How­ever, it could be­gin a series of loops. Weather fore­cast­ers are hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time as­sess­ing where it may head after­ward but could pose a dan­ger to the US’s east­ern coast.

Will it be as bad as Hur­ri­cane Har­vey?

Much of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey’s de­struc­tion came from the amount of rain it poured on parts of south­east­ern Texas, es­pe­cially the city of Hous­ton.The rains prompted deadly floods that en­gulfed sev­eral parts of the city.

In Florida, it may be too early to tell, ac­cord­ing to the state’s emer­gency man­age­ment di­rec­tor, Bryan Koon.“I’ve not heard of cat­a­strophic dam­age. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t ex­ist. It means it hasn’t got­ten to us yet,” he said.

Irma is ex­pected to bring hur­ri­cane-force winds into Ge­or­gia and South Carolina on Mon­day af­ter­noon

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