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Hurricane Irma in the United States

Thursday, 07 September 2017

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
United States
Date of Charter Activation:
6 September 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
19:43:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC-05:00
Charter Requestor:
U.S. Geological Survey on behalf of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Activation ID:
550
Project Management:
Purdue University

Description of the event

Southern Florida is preparing for Hurricane Irma, as one of the most powerful storms the Atlantic has ever seen, travels through the Caribbean towards Puerto Rico and Florida.

Irma hit the US and British virgin islands on 06 September causing devastation and 185mph winds demolishing buildings and infrastructure. Many people are evacuating Florida in expectation of the hurricane making landfall in the coming days.

The National Hurricane Centre reported that there was an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma on the Florida Peninsula and Florida keys by the weekend. In response the Governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency.

Irma originated from a tropical storm which developed on 30 August 2017, and has quickly developed into a full Category 5 storm. Category 5 is the highest grade on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and indicates a storm that could cause catastrophic damage.