Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds We are watching this monstrous and deadly Hurricane Irma, still a category five storm. Irma has killed at least six people and has caused unprecedented damage to the Caribbean. It is now battering parts of Haiti. Let’s hand over to STN meteorologist, Astrid. How’s it looking from above? Thank you, Sue. So Hurricane Irma is a category five and was roaring over the Turks and Caicos islands last night, and has now the Bahamas and the US mainland directly in its projected path. Hurricane Irma is a monstrous and deadly storm and had 175 mile per hour winds last night. Ever since, Irma has weakened a little bit as it passed over the Caribbean islands but still remains the strongest classification of a hurricane.
Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds We are going to get in closer now and take a look at this massive eye, which has 23 miles in diameter. And the system is moving at 16 miles per hour, which is considered to be a fast moving storm. This storm is capable of catastrophic damage, like ripped off roofs, collapsed walls, and so much destruction that entire communities are left uninhabitable. So what happened in the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is an example. Barbados prime minister said that 95% of the buildings there are damaged. And Hurricane Irma has killed several people throughout the Caribbean and will now be passing north of Haiti.
Skip to 1 minute and 57 seconds So as this storm is passing north of Haiti, the hurricane forced winds are spreading across the island. So again, heavy amounts of rain, mainly in the mountainous areas could cause, obviously, some landslides, flash flooding. And there is growing concern on the coastline for a storm surge. As this storm is moving on, we will keep you updated, and I’m giving back to you, Sue. STN’s Ciara McGrath is live in Haiti. How are things looking, Ciara? Well, Sue, it’s a wee bit blowy out here. And really, all jokes aside, I am hearing on the ground is that Haiti is not prepared for Hurricane Irma, and they are not prepared for the aftermath that we’re expecting.
Skip to 2 minutes and 42 seconds The authorities are telling me that they don’t have provisions in place. They don’t have things like fresh water that they’re going to need in the aftermath. They are trying to evacuate people, but they’re really having a hard time with this now. Whether that is because they don’t have enough well stocked shelters, or whether it’s just because people are refusing to leave their homes. So what were being left with then is we’ve got more than 100,000 people at risk down in these lower lying areas. And up in the higher areas, we’ve got risks of flooding, risks of landslides, risks of mudslides. And this is all because of Hurricane Irma being a category five storm. You’ve got to remember.
Skip to 3 minutes and 26 seconds We only had a category four storm last year with Hurricane Matthew, and we still saw whole families being swept away in their houses down into the sea. These are not brick and mortar houses that we’re used to. These are small, rustic shelters, and this is a category five hurricane. And we’ve been really lucky so far. We’ve really only seen the back end of Irma smashing into us, not the centre of the hurricane. But the people here on the ground, they’re really just hoping that their luck holds and the aftermath of Irma isn’t going to be too bad. You stay safe out there, Ciara.
News: Irma brushes Haiti
STN (STrathclyde News) is covering Hurricane Irma as it is approaching Haiti.
Hurricane Irma has brushes the North of Haiti. Follow STN’s news anchor, Sue Kee, weather reporter, Astrid Werkmeister, and the on-location reporter, Ciara McGrath and stay up-to-date on our latest news!
Note: Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm in the Atlantic in 2017. The information provided within the videos by our actors was real at the time of the hurricane. The information in the rolling news ticker is invented.
Special thanks to our actors and media crew
- Ciara Mc Grath
- Sue Kee
- Astrid Werkmeister
- Fraser Denholm
- Ailsa McCaffery
- Louise Wong
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