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 expected 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.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 6 to 9 feet above normal tide levels along the coasts of St Maarten. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
SEAS: Swells generated by Irma will affect the local area for the next several 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.