Hurricane Irma is now raising havoc in the Caribbean islands, Florida, Puerto Rico and in the US. At least 10 people have died in the hurricane so far, while millions are still in danger.
Irma : 10 people have died
A Category 5 storm, Hurricane Irma has been described as one of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes in recorded history.
Television footage shows how damaged Irma has left the sea-lining areas, with boats tossed into piles, submerged streets and flooded homes. Some of the affected areas lost power too.
“It is an enormous disaster, 95 per cent of the island is destroyed. I am in shock,” Daniel Gibbs, chairman of a local council on Saint Martin, told Radio Caribbean International.
Hurricane Irma is a classic Cape Verde storm, which begins near the islands off the west coast of Africa. Some of the worst hurricanes start as puffs of unstable air there and chug west, gaining strength over the warm open Atlantic.
Another storm, Jose, has followed in Irma’s footsteps. Some of those storms fizzle from wind shear or other weather conditions. Still others curve harmlessly north into the mid-North Atlantic and are called “fish storms.” Storms also start in the Gulf of Mexico, like Katia which formed off Mexico and was declared a hurricane on Wednesday.