Hurricane Irma goes into category 4 and threatens the Caribbean
Monday 4th September Hurricane Irma became category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The hurricane threatens an area from the Caribbean to Florida, said the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Irma was heading towards the Leeward Islands with winds blowing at 215 km / h. The hurricane “will get even stronger over the next forty-eight hours,” warned the Miami-based center, adding that ” preparations must be completed to protect lives and property . ” According to the planned trajectory, Irma “will pass near or over parts of the north of the Leeward Islands Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning,” said the NHC. Florida governor Rick Scott imposed “emergency” throughout the state to prepare for the arrival of the cyclonic Irma end of the week.
Irma was on Monday evening 790 km east of the Lesser Antilles and was moving in their direction at a speed of 20 km / h. It should reach them between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The north of Puerto Rico, an American territory, is likely to be hit around 8 local time on Wednesday. In its wake, the hurricane could cause sea-level rise up to 3 meters above normal and “big destructive waves” . Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares activated the National Guard and announced the opening of shelters to accommodate up to 62,000 people.
Hurricane alerts are also in place for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, St. Bartholomew, Saba and St. Eustatius, where the Irma Passage is expected within thirty-six hours.