Disaster Discourse: The Hagerty Blog

Hurricane Irma Sweeps Across Atlantic Causing Devastation to Caribbean Region, Southeast U.S. Prepares

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EST

According to the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma’s eye is moving northwest off the coast of the Dominican Republic, posing many threats to islands across the Caribbean region. The NCH has recorded the maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph and storm surges estimated to be as much as 20 feet. Irma is currently a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. As Irma moves beyond Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, millions have been left without power and sustained damages. Current forecasts and storm models show Irma’s path moving through Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, approaching the southern tip of Florida on Sunday and moving up the coastline of the Southeast United States.

NOAA National Hurricane Center Irma 5 Day Forecast
7 Day Precipitation Forecast for Southeast US, GIF Forecast Model from tropicaltidbits.com

Public Advisories

Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) 11:00 AM EST, September 7, 2017 update:

  • Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
    • Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti
    • Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas
    • Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Central Bahamas
    • Northwestern Bahamas
  • Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
    • Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach
    • Florida Keys
    • Lake Okeechobee
    • Florida Bay
    • Cuba from Matanzas province eastward to Guantanamo province
  • Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
    • Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engano westward to the southern border with Haiti
    • Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince
    • Cuba provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara
  • Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
    • Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach
    • Florida Keys

For all current updates, please refer to products from your local weather service.

Evacuations Begin in Southeast U.S.*

  • Florida: 
    • Broward County – voluntary evacuations of mobile homes and low-lying areas
    • Collier County – voluntary evacuations of Marco Island
    • Miami Dade – mandatory evacuations for zones A and B
    • Monroe County – mandatory evacuation

*Evacuation notifications are subject to change and should be actively monitored. Hagerty recommends consulting your local government for official changes in evacuation guidance.

Emergency Declarations

Resources and Related Links

Hurricane Harvey Recovery and Relief Resources:

Many of the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey remain hazardous disaster zones and are still in the earliest stages of recovery. To be part of recovery efforts, please see resources listed below:

Hurricane Irma News and Updates:

  • The National Hurricane Center regularly updated tracking of Hurricane Irma: link
  • Remember, Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare for a storm and how to keep you and your family safe: link

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