In wake of Harvey, officials urge close watch on Irma
As the nation’s eyes are pointed toward one hurricane’s effects in Texas, another powerful storm is brewing in the Atlantic.
The Town of Palm Beach sent a notice to residents Thursday stating that the town is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and urges residents to do the same.
On Saturday, Hurricane Irma weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm, but remains powerful and dangerous as it moves westward in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm has sustained winds of 100 mph as of 11 a.m. Saturday, making it slightly less powerful than the Category 3 winds reported Thursday. Irma is expected to be a major hurricane as it edges closer to the Lesser Antilles early next week, according to the center.
The storm was moving west at 15 mph. It’s too early to tell whether Hurricane Irma will affect the Bahamas or the continental United States, the hurricane center reported.
The town encouraged residents and businesses to keep a close eye on daily updates about the storm and finalize preparedness efforts at home and work.
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.
“Regardless, everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, as we are now near the peak of the season,” the center wrote on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported that more than 50 people in the area have died or are feared dead in the flooding and aftermath of Harvey.
The Palm Beach Synagogue will host a blood drive to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the synagogue’s back parking lot, Rabbi Mosche Scheiner said. The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O-positive blood, to make donations.
With blood drives being canceled due to the dangerous flooding in Texas, blood collection agencies are making every effort to meet emergency blood needs in the affected areas, according to the release.
“We are asking all potential donors, both current and first-timers, to make a commitment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible,” said Dennis Todd, chairman of the task force.
Type O blood is the only type that can be safely transfused to most patients with other blood types and is frequently used in emergency situations.
The synagogue is at 120 N. County Road.
The skyline of Houston, Texas, looms over Buffalo Bayou, swollen with floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.