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
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