Big Irma

Largest-ever recorded hurricane 6 Sep (NZT)

Hurricane Irma entering the Caribbean yesterday. That’s Puerto Rico you can see, just outside the ragged cloud bands. Irma is truly enormous.

Hurricane Irma moved into the Caribbean yesterday, swallowing the outer islands, up to the Virgin Islands. Lined up ahead of it are the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, with Florida out of the image just to the north.

Map for your convenience

The Caribbean

Ryan Maue declared Irma a Category 6 hurricane, which doesn’t exist. He must have been over-excited. These are difficult times for the poor nations in Irma’s path. Florida and who knows what other states are also in for a pounding.

About 5:30 am (NZT) today

Here’s Irma beginning to engulf Puerto Rico (outlined) about eight hours ago.

Hurricane Irma engulfing Puerto Rico.

Let us pray for their safety — and please don’t give me any philosophical objections to that, just keep it simple. Open your heart and wish them well.

(Andy, thanks for your mentioning Irma, it prompted me to do something about it. I’ve moved your comment here. Cheers.)

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I should note that Irma has been upgraded to Cat 6 by Ryan Maue.

This is going to be really really bad for Florida, if it hits land.
Residents have been advised to evacuate asap

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Now suggesting they might get 200 mph winds which would actually be a record.

Let’s hope not

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/09/05/hurricane-expert-irma-should-reach-200-mph-winds/

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The wind gauge situated at Oteronga Bay where the Cook Strait cable comes ashore registered 164 mph during the Wahine storm and then the staff holding the sensor blew away. Prayers indeed for Florida

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