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View of Hurricane Irma from space
A Hurricane, or better an intense low-pressure wind system, its clouds seen from the International Space Station (ISS).
Image: NASA

Hurricane Irma, the catastrophic storm

There is no global warming or climate change, isn't it? It's just a change in the weather pattern and it can get really rough, actually, you should have been prepared for the worst case scenario.


It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by violent gusts of wind which swept up the streets.
It was a very harsh awakening after one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a decade has swept abrasively many islands in the Eastern Caribbean and rudely groped Florida, causing major damage to buildings, destroyed infrastructure, ripped communities apart — and killed people.

Hurricane Irma survivor and evacuees are since returning to unimagined scenes of devastation. But now — there is no way to rebuilt towns and communities without electricity, fuel, clean water, food, roads, jobs, sanitation, and telecommunication, for all this necessities were destroyed by the hurricane. The US may have the capacity to restore devasted towns and communities in the long term, but poor Caribbean islands may have not.



Possible path of Hurricane IrmaOne of the last predicted paths of Hurricane Irma. Many of the projected paths of Hurricane Irma were quite inaccurate, US forecast models have been pretty terrible [1], as a result, people fled to 'save' places, just to get caught in the center of a disaster.


Map Description
The graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone.

Image: National Hurricane Center



Caribbean
Island territories in the path of the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded (another great superlative), were the northern Leeward Islands, a group of islands in the West Indies (Caribbean), some of the French Caribbean islands and the former territories of the Netherlands Antilles (Guadeloupe, St. Barthélemy (St. Barts) and Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)), Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

Irma has slammed Anguilla and made parts of St Martin/Sint Maarten look like a war zone, then it went head-on to the island of Barbuda (Antigua and Barbuda), when the eye of the storm passed Barbuda it rendered it barely habitable and cut it off from the rest of the world.
Later the storm whirled along the unincorporated US territory of Puerto Rico, then the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the island of Hispaniola and on to the British Turks and Caicos Islands. Just hours later it hit Cuba, with disastrous consequences for the people of the northern coast of the largest island in the Caribbean.

Florida
From Cuba the storm moved north at a speed of 6 to 8 mph, in direction of Florida, it made landfall in Cudjoe Key, to wreak havoc on the low lying islands of the western Florida Keys.

Meanwhile downgraded to a Category 2 tropical storm Irma crushed down on the peninsula of Florida itself. The storm made landfall on Sunday (9/10) and ravaged the Sunshine State for one very long night and a day.

More than six million people in Florida have been requested to leave their homes and to go to public shelters, the largest evacuation ever in US history has converted the cities in parts of Florida into ghost towns. People on the run from the hurricane streamed northward in packed vehicles, causing major congestions, downright horror traffic jams, until now only known from Hollywood flicks.


Hurricane Irma over FloridaHurricane Irma looming over Florida, and yes it was huge, really huge and not good, really not good, believe me.
Image: Google Earth
Public shelters in the region were crammed, people were waiting for hours in front of stadiums, arenas and other 'save' facilities.

Even so Irma has been downgraded to a Category 2 tropical storm, strong force winds were lashing out for the whole state. It was feared that storm surges could reach 10-15 feet (3-4.5 m) at the south western coast of Florida. Storm surges are a hurricane's greatest threat to coastal communities. Even Florida's major cities like Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Tallahassee were not really save havens.

Emergency calls
During Hurricane Irma and its aftermath, use 911 for emergencies, not Twitter, experts say.

Florida Emergency Information: 1-800-342-3557
Emergency referral line: 211
Red Cross Issues Safety and Preparedness Tips
Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service



Tropical Cyclones
A hurricane or a tropical cyclone is a more or less localized, very intense low-pressure wind system, forming over tropical (warm) oceans with winds of hurricane force, accompanied by torrential rain and howling noises people described it as insane or apocalyptic.

Tropical cyclones are fueled by vast areas of warm surface waters of around 26°C or more. A tropical cyclone is classified as a hurricane when its sustained winds run at least 74 mph (33 m/s; 64 kn; or 119 km/h), this is just Category 1. Find out more about IRMA at the US National Hurricane Center.


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Take a look at the most mind-blowing places on this planet and update your bucket list. This site offers you more open space for top-notch adventures, take your lucky break at blinged-out locations and get some colorful glimpses into foreign customs and traditions, you might catch some new perspectives and probably expand your horizon for ever.

For each country you will find in-depth information about the nation, its cities and attractions, get local news, board national airlines, find embassies, get information from tourist boards and immerse yourself in an adventure of a lifetime. Delve into the unknown. Find out more about a region's art, history, and culture - where to go, and where not.

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Argentina
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Hong Kong
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Puerto Rico
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Taiwan
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Panama
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Qatar
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Australia
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China
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Brazil
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Indonesia
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Italy
Berlin, Germany
Germany
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France
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Colombia
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Japan
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Vietnam
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Ghana
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Ireland
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Bangladesh
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Mexico
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Thailand
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Russia
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey
Face of Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Nicaragua
Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
South Korea
Aerial view of Eleuthera Glass Window Bridge, Bahamas
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Chile
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Prasat Bayon temple, Angkor, Cambodia
Cambodia
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Mauritius
Cattles, Austrian Alps, Austria
Austria
Kalandula Waterfalls, Angola
Angola
Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel
Israel
Kukenán and Roraima table mounts, Venezuela
Venezuela
Mefjorden, Norway
Norway
Bachalpsee (lake), Berner-Oberland, Switzerland
Switzerland
Windmills of Kinderdijk, Netherlands
The Netherlands
Baobabs near Morondava, Madagascar
Madagascar
Mamanuca islands, Fiji
Fiji
Volcano Arenal, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Benin Tata somba village
Benin
Desert Timimoun, Algeria
Algeria
Gamla Stan Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden
Ratana-Pon Pagoda, Mrauk U, Myanmar
Myanmar - Burma
Lagos Nigeria
Nigeria
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda
Uganda
Atomium, Brussels, Belgium
Belgium
Santorini island, Greece
Greece
Castle Pieskowa Skala near Krakow, Poland
Poland
Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal
Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark
Pointe des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal
Senegal
Lisbon, capital city of Portugal
Portugal
Skyline of Manama capital city of Bahrain
Bahrain
Bran Castle, Romania
Romania
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Jordan
Saksaywaman ruins, Peru
Peru
National Theatre, Havana, Cuba
Cuba
Giraffe at Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Tanzania
Lake Bled, Bled island, Slovenia
Slovenia
Fasil Ghebbi Palace, Ethiopia
Ethiopia
Typical Dominica landscape
Dominica
Larnaca Salt Lake, Cyprus
Cyprus
Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan - Ali Mujtaba
Pakistan
Antigua, Guatemala
Guatemala
Taktshang Monastry, Tiger's Nest, Bhutan
Bhutan
Dunes in Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia
Namibia
Maldives beach
Maldives
Oulanka National Park, Finland
Finland
Tribal dancers, Goroka, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Saint James, Jamaica
Jamaica
Flame Towers, Baku, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
Grand Harbour Marina, Valletta, Malta
Malta
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Morocco
Yap History Museum, Federated States of Micronesia
Micronesia
Gnus and Zebras in Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kenya
Iceland Skógafoss waterfall
Iceland
Cotopaxi volcano, Ecuador
Ecuador
Great Blue Hole in Belize
Belize
Naadam Festival Mongolia
Mongolia
Croatia Dubrovnik
Croatia
Greenland-landscape
Greenland
Santa Ana volcano, El Salvador
El Salvador
Mount Mulanje in Malawi
Malawi
Fort al-Jalali, Old Muscat, Oman
Oman

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Guyana
     

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