A category 5 hurricane – the highest classification – called Hurricane Irma is currently tearing through islands making up the Caribbeans.
Irma already hit Barbuda overnight, and no contact, not even a radio signal, has come from there since then, CNN reports.
Irma has been observed to have maximum sustained winds of 185mph, which is well above the category 5 threshold of 157mph, making it the most intense hurricane in the Atlantic basin in a very long while.
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) September 5, 2017
The hurricane is on course to hit Puerto Rico, although it has already blown through St. Martin and Anguilla on early Wednesday.
— melanie 🧚🏼♀️ #X100PRE (@ashymareads) September 6, 2017
Reports from Antigua say they have also been hit, but with minor damage.
— 268Weather (@268Weather) September 6, 2017
Photos and videos from St. Martin on the other hand show houses in disarray and properties damaged.
— kharla (@sxeishorty) September 6, 2017
Whoa. This is the havoc of Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.pic.twitter.com/Eh7mRdPkiJ
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 6, 2017
Saint Barth, too, has houses flooded, and some even underwater.
— Pauline Lallement (@pau_lallement) September 6, 2017
And although the hurricane’s path has been unstable, forecasters are predicting it will hit Florida, and evacuation is already taking place in some parts.
Residents there are trooping to superstores to get supplies or fuel stations to get fuel – the ones that still have some left – to board their homes with or help evacuate, as the hurricane is big enough to cover the entire state of Florida.
A video from the International Space Station captured the eye of the storm, and it is huge.
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 5, 2017
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