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            [post_content] => After the tragic forces of Hurricane Irma, the current state of Barbuda is now "barely habitable" with most of the houses being destroyed. As a result, residents of Antigua's sister isle are being demanded to move out as the now Category 4 Hurricane Jose closes in on the island.

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According to an order announced today by the government of Barbuda, there is going to be a mandatory evacuation where provisions will be put in place for people to be transported from Barbuda to Antigua. They expect the the system to make impact in the northern Leeward Islands section of the Caribbean as early as tomorrow. Attorney General and Minister of Public Security, Steadroy Benjamin, shared that housing will be provided for all. Mr. Benjamin warned that “anyone who fails to comply with this [evacuation] order will be in breach of law and will be subject to be met with the fullest extent of the law”. The evacuations are expected to be completed by 1:30pm today.

With Antigua barely escaping the worst of the then Category 5 Hurricane Irma, and Barbuda feeling the brunt of it earlier this week, both islands are now again under hurricane watch. Prime Minister Gaston Browne subsequently declared a state of emergency when Hurricane Irma passed and caused damage to 95% of the buildings and 60% of the island's residents were homeless.

 

Over a dozen people have fallen victims to Hurricane Irma. The first was a two-year-old in Barbuda. To assist with the relief of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma, it was reported that Venezuela will be sending over 10 tonnes of supplies, which will include 100 cases of medicine, 200 pairs of boots and 1200 cases of water so they needed a service of Water Damage Fast Response to take care of this. Rescue personnel will be sent as well.
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Barbuda Residents Forced To Evacuate Island After Hurricane Irma & Before Hurricane Jose Arrives

September 8, 2017
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After the tragic forces of Hurricane Irma, the current state of Barbuda is now "barely habitable" with most of the houses being destroyed. As a result, residents of Antigua's siste...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Just as the Leeward Islands prepare themselves for the impact of a monstrous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, another tropical storm which is close to becoming hurricane strength by today, has formed. Tropical Storm Jose is the 10th tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic season following Hurricane Irma. Based on current projections, the chain of islands currently in the path of Hurricane Irma could be impacted by this new tropical storm as well.

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Just hours ago, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami issued its first advisory on Tropical Storm Jose. At that time, it was about 1,505 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west northwest at 13 miles per hour.

“A movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday,” the NHC shared.

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In a more recent report, the NHC released another report on Tropical Storm Jose. The report shared that Jose is now carrying maximum sustained winds near 65 miles per hour and is forecast to become a hurricane two days earlier than expected. It is also expected to pass through the Leeward Islands by this weekend.

While no warnings or watches have been issued as yet, advisories have been sent out to interests in the Leeward Islands to monitor the progress of Jose.

 
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Islands Affected By Hurricane Irma In More Danger As New Tropical Storm Jose Strengthens

September 6, 2017
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            [post_content] => As it continues to bear down on the Leeward Islands, Irma is now a monstrous category 5 hurricane with 175 mile-per-hour winds. As for where it seems to be heading, by tonight and early tomorrow a large portion of the island chain's northern section will sit beneath its core. This morning at around 8am, Irma was about 270 miles east of Antigua and 280 miles east southeast of Barbuda, and moving towards the west at 14 miles per hour.

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Expectations for Irma today is described to a continued, general motion, and later tonight there will be a turn toward the west, northwest. According to forecasters, Irma could find itself moving directly over the Leeward Islands is there is any sort of delay in the shift. While its intensity might often fluctuate in the next day or two, it is highly likely that Irma will continue at a powerful category 5 or category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale during the next couple of days.

“Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in the Leeward Islands by tonight, with tropical storm conditions beginning later today,” the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) shared earlier today.

More on the expectations of Hurricane Irma, the northern Leeward Islands, the British and US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will experience total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. Several islands have already been issued hurricane and storm watched and warnings. These islands of the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands include:  Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Vieques and Culebra. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning was also issued for Guadeloupe, a tropical storm warning for Dominica, and a hurricane watch for the north coast of the Dominican Republic, from Cabo Engano to the Haiti border. There is also a tropical storm watch in effect for the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engao to Isla Saona.

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Check out the timing for potential impact of Hurricane Irma for each island in its predicted path below:

Leeward Islands: Late Today-Wednesday
Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: Wednesday- early Thursday
Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday- early Friday
Turks and Caicos: Late Thursday-Friday
Bahamas: Friday-this weekend
Cuba: Friday-this weekend
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Hurricane Irma Hits A Monstrous Category 5 On The Hurricane Wind Scale

September 5, 2017
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As it continues to bear down on the Leeward Islands, Irma is now a monstrous category 5 hurricane with 175 mile-per-hour winds. As for where it seems to be heading, by tonight and ...Continue reading