Hurricane Irma: where is it going?
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