Hurricane Irma races on Windward Islands
Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba have to prepare for hurricane Irma. The U.s. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami expects the storm Wednesday, the Windward islands will pass.
It is expected that Irma ensure strong wind, high tidal waves and heavy rainfall. The price of the hurricane is still uncertain, the hurricane can still 100 to 200 miles north or south to move.
The current path of the storm takes on approximately 80 miles of St. Maarten, sign Weerplaza Monday.
In addition to Sint Maarten can also the Dutch special municipality of Saba to deal with a lot of wind and rain, and high waves.
Irma is currently located to the east of the archipelago and took the last days in power. The storm is now a hurricane of the third category with wind speeds up to 185 km/h.
After the passage, along the Windward islands on Wednesday, growing the storm as possible to one of the fourth category, with wind speeds up to 220 km/h. At the weekend, will Irma probably for problems in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
It is still too early to to say for sure whether the mainland of the United States will be affected.
The American consulate in the Antilles, in Curaçao is based, warns tourists in the area for flooding, mudslides and damage to homes that the storm can cause. They also wanted the consulate to ensure that the air traffic disrupted.
Employees may not be more to the consulate to travel, and tourists are advised to go for Tuesday elsewhere to find shelter.
The last time a hurricane came so close to Sint Maarten drew was in 2010. Hurricane Charley, the second category, made when for moderate damage. In 1999, the island was the last direct hit by the heavy hurricane Lenny, from the fourth category. That caused a lot of damage.