Hurricane Irma landed along a string of northeast Caribbean islands late yesterday with 180 mph winds leaving nine dead.
Irma arrived, soaking the islands and leaving mass devastation in her wake as she made her way through Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands. The Prime Minister of Antigua dn Barbuda said that the island is barely habitable.
Although Puerto Rico was not hit directly, the island was still battered by strong winds and torrential rains, leaving approximately 900,000 without electricity. The island has nearly 57,000 residents without drinking water.
Irma is expected to continue making her way between Cuba and the Bermuda Islands as a Category 4 hurricane as she heads toward Florida where the effects of the storm are anticipated to be felt early Sunday morning.
As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Irma, who is still a Category 5, was recorded moving off the northern coast of Dominican Republic 95 miles north of Punta Cana. The National Hurricane Center says Irma will likely pass the Turks and Caicos Islands and then the Bahamas later Thursday.
Emergency evacuations for six of the islands are in effect for Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island. “This is the largest such evacuation in the history of the country,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.
Meteorologist Chad Myers noted “Some of the (Bahamian) islands aren’t more than 9 feet (above sea level). Storm surges there may be 20 feet.”