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Dangerous core of Hurricane Irma to pass VI today, Sept. 6

September 6th, 2017 | Tags: DDM hurricane Irma core National Hurricane Centre
The core of Hurricane Irma will pass over portions of the northern Virgin Islands today, September 6, 2017. Photo: provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- At 8:00 AM on September 6, 2017 the National Hurricane Centre indicated that Hurricane Irma continues to maintain maximum sustained winds of near 185 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts.

Irma’s eye was located near latitude 18.1 degrees North, longitude 63.3 degrees. Irma is moving toward the West Northwest near 16 mph. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Virgin Islands today. 

According to the NHC, the Northern eyewall of hurricane Irma is pounding Anguilla.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175

As Hurricane Irma passed over the island of St. Eustatius wind gusts of 90 mph were recorded. As Irma passed over Barbuda, wind gusts up to 155 mph were indicated before the recording instrument failed.

Strong gusts are already being felt throughout the VI, causing effects on the electricity distribution feeders.

The combination of a life-threatening storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS within the hurricane warning area near and to the north of the center of Irma. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has indicated that sea conditions will be dangerously rough with swells of 20 feet during the passage of Irma. Small Craft operators should stay in Port and ensure that all vessels are safely moored and sea bathers should avoid waters.

Rainfall amounts of 8 to 12 inches, isolated 20 inches are projected for the [British] Virgin Islands.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the Territory.
Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website ( and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates and preparedness tips.

3 Responses to “Dangerous core of Hurricane Irma to pass VI today, Sept. 6”

  • Kris Barton (06/09/2017, 13:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was on St. Croix when the eye of Hugo passed through. It was as close to a warzone as I ever want to experience. Be strong, help each other. You will rebuild, it will get better.
  • johnny (07/09/2017, 06:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope everyone is safe . I'm trying to find out how much damage to Tortola I was supposed to visit in October. We are supposed to stay at Long Bay I hope it's still there , good luck .
  • Nasha (08/09/2017, 22:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    trying to find out how my family is doing in this storm. Garfield George and family, Kelvin George and family, also Skelly Gumbs. We are really worried here in Dominica.

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