Antigua, USVI, BVI, St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten and Puerto Rico expected to take direct hit from hurricane Irma
By TDN Wire Staff
September 05, 2017 6:42 A.M
Roseau, Dominica (TDN)
- Early Tuesday morning Hurricane Irma strengthened into a category 5 hurricane with winds of 150 miles per hour and took direct aim at Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, the United States Virgin Islands, St Maarten and Puerto Rico.
Forecasters warned that the storm could still strengthen further before making landfall in the Leeward Islands early Wednesday morning.
Hurricane Irma after trekking west–southwesterly started to drift due west and at 5:00 A.M on Tuesday was located at 16.6 degrees north and 57 degrees west or 320 miles east of the Leeward Islands. It was moving at a forward speed of 14 miles per hour.
On its projected track, Hurricane Irma will go directly over Antigua and St Kitts and Nevis in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is expected that hurricane Irma will be located at 17.7 degrees north and 61.5 degrees west at around 5 A.M on Wednesday. Antigua is located at 17.2 degrees north and 61.48 degrees west.
Later Wednesday it is expected to push ahead on its path of destruction directly impacting the USVI, BVI, St Maarten and Puerto Rico.
More distressing is the fact that Hurricane Irma will still be a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour when it descends on the islands.
Hurrican Irma dangerous category 5.
Meanwhile residents in the Leeward Islands heeding warnings from the authorities had started to stock up on food supplies and water as they made plans on how best to withstand the impact of a very dangerous hurricane Irma.