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Irma still a category 3 hurricane

- has the potential to reach a category 4 hurricane by next Wednesday
The latest projection of category 3 hurricane Irma as of 11:00 A.M. today September 1, 2017. Photo: DDM
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) announced today, September 1, 2017 that the Virgin Islands should ‘intensify preparations’ as Irma is now a category 3 Hurricane and is expected to get stronger as it approaches the territory and other neighbouring islands.

While Irma is currently a category 3 hurricane, the DDM stated that by Wednesday September 6, 2017 it will strengthen into a category 4 hurricane as it passes very close to the northeast Caribbean islands.

“Irma will be moving over progressively warmer water over the coming days, which may result in gradual strengthening to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds up to 140 mph by the time it passes northeast of the Caribbean next Wednesday,” DDM said.

The department further stated that as Irma continues on the path north of the islands of the northeast Caribbean, winds are expected to reach only about 25 miles south of Irma’s centre. However, any slight deviation south of the forecasted track could put very strong hurricane-force winds into the Caribbean Islands.

Due to the trajectory of hurricane Irma and the potential to become a category 4 hurricane, residents and businesses are urged to take steps to minimize or prevent flooding, check roofs, clear roof gutters and drains around your property and inspect your cistern outflows.

The Department of Disaster Management continues to advise residents to monitor the system very closely.

Information can be found on the DDM website and from local media stations as they become available.

9 Responses to “Irma still a category 3 hurricane”

  • church (01/09/2017, 16:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Prayers changes things
  • Really? (01/09/2017, 20:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "The department further stated that as Irma continues on the path north of the islands of the northeast Caribbean, winds are expected to reach only about 25 miles south of Irma’s centre."

    This is clearly an inaccurate statement.....
  • dog (01/09/2017, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    and clean the guts around town!! look beyond your property to other areas that will back up with water.
  • wize up (01/09/2017, 22:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand the significance of development however however the territory is being neglected because of certain developments: I think the mind set is that certain developments will generate income however usually find ourselves in certain positions year after year: classic example poor drainage and we all know about the hurricane season from time we small and in 2017 with all the modern advancements we in BVI continue to come up short while loads of tax money being spent on other developments......
  • PRAYER IS POWERFUL (02/09/2017, 07:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

  • No Joke.. (02/09/2017, 07:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is serious. Those of us old enough to remember Hugo the Storm that made a lot of us humble and cry like babies...Irma is like a second Hugo, same strength, same path..
  • Just saying (02/09/2017, 08:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope the wicked are wipe out
  • Lee (09/01/2018, 06:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
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