Hurricane Irma over the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma over the Caribbean (Featured)

  • Overview

    After battering several islands in the Caribbean, rendering Barbuda and St. Martins near uninhabitable with catastrophic damage, Irma is passing over Turks and Caicos, southern Bahamas, northern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti.

    Preliminary reports from affected areas suggest long-term humanitarian needs. The scope is expected to become clearer as access and communications are restored to the affected islands in the coming days.

    Irma is expected to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane over the next few days.

    There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory.

    Several organizations are already pre-positioning teams and supplies to respond as quickly as possible.

    Hurricane Jose is on a tentative path back towards Barbuda, Antigua and Puerto Rico – the second hurricane in three days for these islands.

    32 million people in the Caribbean living in areas exposed to high-speed wind zones (excess of 60km/h). 13 people are reported dead across affected territories (as of Sep 8).

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