Hurricane Irma Special Bulletin # 6

...A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN...

DATE ISSUED: Monday, September 4, 2017 TIME ISSUED: 02:05 PM

... IRMA CONTINUES TO MOVE WEST-SOUTHWESTWARD TOWARD THE LEEWARD ISLANDS....

Location: Lat. 16.7N ....Lon. 53.8W
About: 620 miles ESE of St. Maarten
Maximum sustained winds: 120 mph ....195 KM/H
Present Movement: WSW...255 degrees at 14 mph
...22 KM/H Minimum Central Pressure: 944 mb....27.88 inches

DISCUSSION AND 24-HOUR OUTLOOK

AT 02:00PM...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 16.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 53.8 WEST OR ABOUT 620 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ST. MAARTEN.

IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH (22 KM/H). A TURN TOWARD THE WEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY FOLLOWED BY A WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TURN LATE TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 120 MPH...195 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES (55KM) FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND UP TO 140 MILES (220KM) FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 944 MB...27.88 INCHES.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF IRMA WILL MOVE NEAR ST. MAARTEN TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY. HOWEVER CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO DETERIORATE BY TUESDAY EVENING.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AND SEA

WIND:

Hurricane conditions are possible in St. Maarten by late Tuesday night however Tropical storm force winds are expected earlier Tuesday evening.

RAINFALL: Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3-6 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across the Leeward Islands.

SEAS: Swells generated by Irma will begin affecting the local area later today and during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life threatening surf and rip current conditions especially on the northern and eastern shores. Mariners are advised to stay in port in order to safeguard life and property.

ALL RESIDENTS/VISITORS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO BEGIN FINALIZING PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY, AND CONTINUE MONITORING THE PROGRESS OF THE HURRICANE.

THE METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR HURRICANE IRMA AND ISSUE SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETINS. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS

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