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SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE IRMA

Irma, the 9th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday September 5, 2017. With maximum sustained winds near 185 mph, Irma a powerful Category 5 Hurricane impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Virgin Islands (UK), Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat over Tuesday night into Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017. Irma continued its destructive path and impacted Turks and Caicos Islands and the northern border of Haiti. On Friday September 7, 2017, the southeastern Islands of the Bahamas were impacted. A combination of strong winds, storm surge, intense rainfall from Hurricane Irma, resulted in the loss of lives, significant damage to homes and critical infrastructure throughout the impacted islands. The National Emergency Operations Centres (NEOCs) in the CDEMA Participating States, although severely impacted, provided an overview of the situation. The information shared is based on data gathered to date.

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