Sep 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma an Extreme Storm Surge Threat to the U.S. and Bahamas

British Virgin Islands
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Radar image of Irma from the Puerto Rico radar at 9 pm EDT September 6, 2017. Image: NOAA
Radar image of Irma from the Puerto Rico radar at 9 pm EDT September 6, 2017. Image: NOAA

After clobbering the Lesser Antilles islands of Barbuda, Saint Barthelemy, Anguilla, and Saint Martin/Sint Maarten early Wednesday morning, Hurricane Irma carried its march of destruction into the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon, still packing top winds of 185 mph. As of 5 pm EDT Wednesday, Irma had spent a remarkable 1.5 days as a Category 5 hurricane, which is the 7th longest stretch on record in the Atlantic, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach.