Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, leaves destruction in its wake
Here’s a sampling of news about Hurricane Irma, which has already been declared one of the most destructive storms in Atlantic History, and is expected to affect approximately 37 million people.
Caribbean Island Devastated by Hurricane Irma
Significant damage was reported on Saint Martin, an island split between French and Dutch control, including wrecked harbors, homes and coastal flooding. Click here to view the video.
Irma’s likely path
Click here to see a map showing the probable path of the storm from the National Hurricane Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For Homestead, Florida, City That Was Wrecked By Hurricane Andrew, Irma Is Scary Nostalgia
by CORKY SIEMASZKO
Twenty-five years ago, a monster storm called Hurricane Andrew focused its fury on a small south Florida city wedged between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay called Homestead — and nearly wiped it off the map. Click here to read more.
Hurricane Irma: 180mph winds batter Caribbean as death toll rises – latest news
Eric Blake, a National Hurricane Center scientist, has described Irma in stark, dire terms, urging people to listen to emergency managers and do everything possible to protect themselves and loved ones.
“This hurricane is as serious as any I have seen. No hype, just the hard facts. Take every life saving precaution you can,” Blake tweeted. “I have little doubt #Irma will go down as one of the most infamous in Atlantic hurricane history.” Click here to read more.
Hurricane Irma Skirts Puerto Rico, Leaves 1 Million Without Power
by ALEX JOHNSON, DANIEL ARKIN, JASON CUMMING and BILL KARINS
Hurricane Irma carved a merciless path of destruction through the Caribbean, killing at least five and leaving thousands homeless before plunging more than 1 million residents of Puerto Rico into darkness. Click here to read more.
Why Hurricane Irma Could Hurt, a Lot: Much Lies in Harm’s Way
(New York Times)
By BRAD PLUMER
The last time a Category 5 hurricane ripped through Florida, it was so destructive that meteorologists retired its name forever. That storm, Hurricane Andrew, made landfall southwest of Miami in 1992, killing 65 people, destroying 63,000 homes and inflicting $26.5 billion in economic losses. Click here to read more.
Hurricane Irma: Florida orders mass evacuations as deadly storm hits Caribbean - latest news
Hurricane Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction and reducing buildings to rubble, on a track that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. Click here to read more.