Hurricane Irma of 'unprecedented intensity' in the Atlantic

The Category Five hurricane is set to strike the popular holiday destinations of Saint Martin and Saint-Barthelemy, with the Fre
The Category Five hurricane is set to strike the popular holiday destinations of Saint Martin and Saint-Barthelemy, with the French weather service warning of 12-metre (39-foot) swells and "extremely violent floods along the shore"

Hurricane Irma is of "unprecedented intensity" in the Atlantic, meteorologists said Wednesday, as they advised residents of tiny Caribbean islands to take shelter as the massive storm approached.

The Category Five hurricane is set to strike the popular holiday destinations of Saint Martin and Saint-Barthelemy, with the French weather service warning of 12-metre (39-foot) swells and "extremely violent floods along the shore".

"Irma is a of unprecedented intensity in the Atlantic," said Meteo France, warning residents of the to stay indoors.

Meteo France said there would be a "major submersion of the low-lying parts of the coast", with the towns of Marigot and Grand Case on the Franco-Dutch island of Saint-Martin and Gustavia in French Saint-Barthelemy to "be particularly impacted".

The storm is expected to bring , with 200-400 millimetres (8-16 inches) forecast.

Irma was continuing to strengthen, with gusts reaching 360 kilometres per hour (224 miles per hour) near the northern Lesser Antilles.


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Sep 06, 2017
Do not believe the crap about Irma turning on a dime to ride East Florida coast and then out to sea. This Super typhoon will strengthen to about 230miles per hour at the center with gusts up to 320mph, roughly 500km/hr gusts. It will carry a tidal wave of over 60 feet and if it comes ashore on the high tide then add up to 20 feet to that. Coming across south florida it could wash every last alligator and python and other wildlife right into the deep blue Gulf, which is where it would head next. Possible targets then are either Mobile or New Orleans or maybe Houston again. Take a look at the maps of Fort Myers that Zillow made a few years ago with every single house on every single block in parts of that city just plain ...gone. If you live in a cheap made house or live in a trailer or if you rent, GET OUT NOW AS THE LIVE YOU SAVE WILL BE YOUR OWN!! My girl friend lives on Biliran Island in the Visayas in the Philippines and we saw the super typhoon destroy Tacloban. We KNOW!

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