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14 September 2017 - 09:15 AM

Happy birthday mate enjoy your day !  :drunk  :yahoo

Hurricane Irma will be 'devastating' to US - Fema head

08 September 2017 - 01:01 PM

Hurricane Irma will "devastate" either Florida or neighbouring states, the head of the US federal emergency agency has said.

Brock Long said parts of Florida would be without power for days. Half a million people in the state have been ordered to leave their homes.

Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, affecting an estimated 1.2m people.
At least 20 people are known to have died so far.

It has been downgraded to a category four storm, but officials warn that it remains "extremely dangerous".
The US National Weather Service says that Irma was expected to bring wind speeds of around 165mph (270km/h) over the weekend as it hits Florida.
"Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the south-eastern states," Mr Long said.
"The entire south-eastern United States better wake up and pay attention," he added.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said all Floridians should be prepared for possible evacuation, and issued a stark warning to those in threatened areas.
"We are running out of time. If you are in an evacuation zone, you need to go now," he told reporters.
"Remember, we can rebuild your home, we can't rebuild your life."
The death toll continued to rise on Friday in the Caribbean.

France's Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said nine people were dead and seven missing in the French territory on St Martin, an island shared with the Netherlands, and St Barthélemy, known more commonly as St Barts. Another death - the second - has been confirmed in the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten.

French officials said six out of 10 homes on Saint-Martin were so badly damaged that they were uninhabitable.

The US Consulate General in Curacao said it believes an estimated 6,000 Americans are stranded on the island.
French, British and Dutch military authorities have deployed aid - including warships and planes equipped with food, water and troops - to their territories

Reporting from another badly damaged island, Barbuda, the BBC's Laura Bicker says the destruction there is worse than feared.
Where is Irma - and where next?
The storm lashed the Turks and Caicos islands and brought torrential rain to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, before battering the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas.


A huge evacuation of south-eastern, low-lying coastal areas in the Bahamas has been ordered. The tourism ministry said in a video statement that thousands of tourists left before the storm's arrival.
Meanwhile Mr Long predicted a "truly devastating" impact on Florida.
South Florida "may be uninhabitable for weeks or months" because of the storm, the US National Weather Service said.

On the archipelago of Turks and Caicos, with its population of about 35,000, one witness described a drop in pressure that could be felt in people's chests.
Irma ripped off roofs on the capital island, Grand Turk, flooded streets, snapped utility poles and caused a widespread black-out.
Governor John Freeman told the BBC that people in low-lying areas were evacuated and sent to shelters. The islands' highest point is only 50m (163ft).
Irma also caused some damage to roofs, flooding and power outages in the northern parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Turks and Caicos Islands: widespread damage, although extent unclear
Barbuda: the small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95% of the buildings damaged. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne estimates reconstruction will cost $100m (£80m). One death has been confirmed
Anguilla: extensive damage with one person confirmed dead
Puerto Rico: more than 6,000 residents of the US territory are in shelters and many more without power. At least three people have died
British Virgin Islands: widespread damage reported
US Virgin Islands: damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed
Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Both battered by the storm, but neither had as much damage as initially feared


Source video's full topic: http://www.bbc.com/n...canada-41203724


first heli scout flight over st maarten / st martin after hurricane irma hit the island...

07 September 2017 - 10:18 AM

Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

06 September 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hurricane Irma has destroyed buildings and caused major flooding on several French island territories in the Caribbean.

The four "most solid" buildings on Saint Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, were destroyed, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said.
Significant damage is also being reported in the Dutch section.
The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 295km/h (185mph).


live updates on the bbc webpage: http://www.bbc.com/n...merica-41177350

The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade first hit Antigua and Barbuda, before moving on to Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy - the French holiday destination popularly known as St Barts.

Its "extremely dangerous core" is forecast by the US National Hurricane Center to move over parts of the northern Virgin Islands on Wednesday, passing near or just north of Puerto Rico, then passing near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas across the Caribbean. Residents have flocked to shops for food, water, and emergency supplies, and airports have closed on several islands which are popular holiday destinations.
In the US, Florida's Key West area has ordered a mandatory evacuation, with landfall expected at the weekend.


The French government said earlier it was worried about thousands of people who had refused to seek shelter on the islands.

There was no immediate news of possible casualties but officials in the nearby French territory of Guadeloupe confirmed the following damage:
On St Barts, the fire brigade station has been flooded with a metre of water, with engines out of service and crews sheltering on an upper floor; there is a total power blackout; many roofs have been blown off

On Saint Martin, the prefecture building has been partially destroyed, with the prefect (chief officer) and 23 other people sheltering in a secure room; the fire station is out of order; there is a power blackout; several roofs at the police station have been blown off


In the Dutch territory, known as Sint Maarten, the airport has been closed with photos showing debris strewn across the departures area and outside.
There has been a total power blackout, streets are littered with debris, cars are underwater and boats in the ports have been destroyed, Dutch broadcaster NOS reports (in Dutch).

France's interior minister said three emergency teams were being sent to the islands, two from France and one from Guadeloupe.
Also the Netherlands already send 2 navy ships in advance of the hurricane

French Overseas Territories Minister Annick Girardin said the hurricane had caused major flooding in low-lying areas, and coastlines were being "battered extremely violently" by the sea.

Some 40,000 people live in the French part of Saint Martin, with around the same number estimated to live on the Dutch side. About 9,000 people live on St Barts.


Islands in Irma's immediate path

Antigua and Barbuda
Population: 90,800
Key facts: one of the Caribbean's most prosperous nations, thanks to its tourism industry and offshore financial services
Hurricane report: Antigua has reportedly escaped major damage, with no loss of life, but the situation on Barbuda is unclear

St Martin
Population: 75,000
Key facts: tourist destination celebrated for its beaches; divided between France, which calls its section Saint Martin, and the Netherlands, which calls its part

Hurricane report: serious damage to buildings, flooding, power cuts

St Barts (Saint Barthélemy)
Population: 9,200
Key facts: luxury tourist destination
Hurricane report: serious damage to buildings, flooding, power cuts

British Virgin Islands
Population: 20,600
Key facts: more than 40 islands and islets
Hurricane report: Irma is expected to pass over the northern islands

Puerto Rico
Population: 3.7 million
Key facts: a tourist destination but plagued by debt, poverty and high unemployment
Hurricane report: Irma expected to pass close by

Dominican Republic
Population: 10.2 million
Key facts: major tourist destination, shares island of Hispaniola with Haiti
Hurricane report: Irma expected to pass close by
Turks and Caicos
Population: 31,500

Key facts: enjoys one of the more dynamic economies in the region thanks to upmarket tourism, offshore finance and fishing
Hurricane report: risk of a storm surge with destructive waves up to 6m (20ft) higher than usual possible

Some islands in the region are almost at sea level and any significant storm surges would be potentially deadly, the BBC's Will Grant reports from Havana.
Antigua escaped major damage, with no loss of life, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Facebook, but the situation on Barbuda is unclear.
"We really don't know what's happening," Antigua radio journalist Gemma Handy told the BBC.
"We're trying to be positive, but nobody's really going to relax over here. It's a very close-knit community of just 90,000 people. Most people live here on Antigua, there's about 2,000 on Barbuda, so lots of people right now are waiting very anxiously for word from their relatives over there."

US President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, mobilising federal disaster relief efforts.
In Florida's Key West, visitors will be required to leave on Wednesday morning, with residents due to follow in the evening.


"Watching Hurricane closely," Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "My team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!"

Parts of Texas and Louisiana are dealing with the damage done by Hurricane Harvey in late August. But it is not yet clear what impact Hurricane Irma might have on the US mainland.

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved roughly $8bn (£6.1bn) in initial emergency aid for states affected by Harvey. The measure will now go to the Senate.

A third tropical storm, Jose, has formed further out in the Atlantic behind Irma, and is expected to become a hurricane later on Wednesday, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Seeing multiple storms developing in the same area of the Atlantic in close succession is not uncommon.

Rarer though is the strength of the hurricanes, with Harvey making landfall in the US as a category four.

There have never been two category four storms making landfall on the US mainland during the same season, since records began.

Source + video's and several links to other topics about this newstopic: http://www.bbc.com/n...merica-41172726

Webcam video from hurricane Irma on st martin/ st maarten untill the cam broke down

06 September 2017 - 04:30 AM

guys this is one sick sick storm this video is on the French / Dutch island of st martin / st maarten before the webcam broke

atm this island just was exactly in the eye but the damage is tremandous I saw some photo's from the french part the harbor was just gone not a single ship left intact