The Hurricane Irma which is predicted to head towards the US mainland this weekend has caused a lot of destruction in Carribean leaving rubble where once stood buildings and loss of lives.
How powerful is IRMA?
Atlantic’s most powerful storm in decades, IRMA, has already killed more than 9 people as it hit the nation of Barbuda and Antigua. It has crossed the records of Hurricane Felix of September 2007 and 2005 Hurricane Wilma with its wind speeds.
According to the Safir-Simpson scale, the hurricane has reached the highest classification of the category carrying the wind speeds of 185 mph.
SOE ( State of Emergency) and disaster relief efforts had already been declared for Puerto Rico, Florida and many other places as well.
What is the projected path of IRMA?
Currently, the storm is heading from the Atlantic towards the Southern US coast with a slow speed of about 26 mph.
Florida’s governor has already given warnings to the population about not taking risks and leaving for safe places as soon as possible. He also added in his statement that this hurricane is much stronger than Hurricane Andrew of 1992 which killed 65 people.
Flights to and from Orlando’s airport will stop on Saturday, and various flights from Florida have been suspended.
What about other storms named Jose and Katia?
Along with IRMA, two other storms are of concern named Hurricanes Katia and Jose.
Jose with category one hurricane strength is storming in the Atlantic, and its path is not clear yet. According to NHC, it might hit some areas which are already affected by IRMA.
With the warning of hitting the coast of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Katia has the strength of four in the Hurricanes category.
What should you do in case of a Hurricane?
Though the relief efforts and government play their crucial role at the time of storms and crisis, it’s our responsibility as well to be aware and prepared at the time of problems like these.
- You should be prepared to evacuate if you live in a storm surge risk area.
- You can secure your home by covering all windows and doors with strong plywood in case you don’t have storm shutters.
- Continuously check the websites, news channels and radio to make sure you have the latest information about the storm.
- Protect yourself by taking shelter on the lowest level of your house, with as many walls possible between the storm and you.
Having said that, those who are in storm’s path should have an emergency kit prepared in advance with water, food, light, batteries and other necessary supplies ready.