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PHILISPBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister William Marlin as Chairman of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), had his second meeting with the EOC where he was briefed about national preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irma. 

The country is now under a Hurricane Watch issued by the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS).  Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate on Tuesday evening, and residents and the business community are advised to complete preparations by Tuesday afternoon.

Hurricane Irma on Sunday afternoon was located over 700 miles from the Leeward Islands.  It is a major Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

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

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, September 3, 2017 TIME ISSUED: 8:15 PM

...IRMA EXPECTED TO BE NEAR THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS BY LATE TUESDAY...

Location: Lat. 17.4N ....Lon. 50.3W
About: 843 miles ESE of St. Maarten
Maximum sustained winds: 115 mph ....185 KM/H Present Movement: W...260 degrees at 14 mph...22 KM/H Minimum Central Pressure: 959 mb....28.32 inches

DISCUSSION AND 24-HOUR OUTLOOK

AT 8:00 PM...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 17.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 50.3 WEST OR ABOUT 843 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ST. MAARTEN.

IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 14 MPH (22 KM/H). A WESTWARD TO WEST- SOUTHWESTWARD MOTION WITH SOME REDUCTION IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH...185 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS ANTICIPATED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher will not be travelling to Seatrade Europe in Hamburg Germany on Sunday, September 3. 
The Minister, who is also responsible for the Met Office, Aviation and Harbour affairs, will remain on St. Maarten to assist the Council of Ministers and emergency branches of government with the preparation for Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.

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

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, September 3, 2017 TIME ISSUED: 6:00 PM

...HURRICANE WATCHES ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD....... ...NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT EN ROUTE TO IRMA...

Location: Lat. 17.6N ....Lon. 49.8W
About: 875 miles E of St. Maarten
Maximum sustained winds: 115 mph ....185 KM/H Present Movement: W...260 degrees at 14 mph...22 KM/H Minimum Central Pressure: 969 mb....28.62 inches

DISCUSSION AND 24-HOUR OUTLOOK

AT 5:00 PM...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Hurricane Irma could pose a serious threat for many days to come, and all interests from the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico to the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast should continue to monitor its progress very closely.

The center of Irma is located 790 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving just south of due west at about 14 mph. On Sunday morning, Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane, and some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Hurricane watches have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands.

This includes Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
For the next five days, Irma will move west-southwestward, then west-northwest again on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday, September 1st 2017 the Police Force of Sint Maarten introduced its T.A.P.S. training program, one of several youth programs which will be rolled out in future. Teens And Police Service is a program primarily designed for at risk-youth, where students partner with mentors officers to discuss issues including bullying, anger management, avoidance of gang life, drug usage and conflict management, as well as other youth and law enforcement focused-topics.

The opening ceremony took place at 11.00 a.m. at the Milton Peters College by Inspector and Community Police Officer E. S. Josepha in the presence of the Acting Chief of Police, Chief Inspector B. A. Gout, the School Principle Mr. Wim de Visser and the school coordinator Mr. Richard Garrin.

With the introduction of this program the police force will give students the tools the need to become better citizens in their communities.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - On Sunday, September 3, at approximately 3:00 am, a man was driving a SUV on the A.J.C. Brouwer Road section of Cay Hill, when he lost control of the steering wheel, which resulted in the vehicle slamming into the slope and flipped over and landed on its side.

The vehicle, a blue Daihatsu Terios with license plate number P-258, ended up on the other side of the road. As a result of the impact, the driver was ejected from the motor vehicle onto the pavement, which resulted in serious injuries. At the time of the incident, the driver was the lone occupant of the car.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Hurricane Irma has strengthened into a Category 3 once again in the central Atlantic Ocean and could pose a threat to the Lesser Antilles this week. Any potential impacts from Irma in the U.S. remain uncertain, and East Coast residents should continue to monitor the hurricane's progress.

The center of Irma is located just over 900 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving just south of due west at about 15 mph.

For the next five days, Irma will move west-southwestward, then west-northwest again on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.

Some intensity fluctuations are likely, but overall Irma is expected to gain strength and it could become a Category 4 hurricane in the days ahead.

At 5:00am, (Category-2) Hurricane Irma had winds of 110 mph (175 km/h), and its center was located at 19.0°N, 41.8°W

Current Distances: 
   * 1300 miles/2090 km East of St. Maarten
   * 1305 miles/2100 km East of St. Eustatius
   * 1310 miles/2110 km East of Saba

Motion: 
It is currently moving west @ 14 mph (22 km/h). A WSW motion is expected over the weekend before it turns NW.
According to its projected path, Irma could possibly reach over or just north of the SSS Islands (St. Maarten-Saba-St. Eustatius) by Wednesday.

Strength:
Fluctuations in strength (both up and down) are possible -- but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane for several days! 
According to model forecasts & expert analysis, Irma will most likely approach the local region as an Extremely Dangerous Major Hurricane (Cat.3+)!!

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Prime Minister William Marlin on Friday afternoon in the conference room of the Government Administration Building, chaired his first Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting to get a briefing with respect to the country’s preparations in the event Hurricane Irma was to pose a direct threat to the country.

Hurricane Irma on Friday was located over 1300 miles from the Leeward Islands.  It has been described as a very dangerous Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

At this point in time Irma does not pose a direct threat to Sint Maarten.  Due to the fact that the hurricane is a major system, the Prime Minister decided on Friday to request military assistance from the Dutch Ministry of Defense as a precautionary measure. 

This assistance calls for additional manpower of up to 40 Marines that would be deployed from barracks on either Curacao or Aruba. 

Prime Minister Marlin told those present that it was key to prepare early and not wait until the hurricane was knocking at the door to start preparations.

The Prime Minister reminds the Sint Maarten community that they should review their Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Plans over the weekend, check their hurricane shutters/roof on their homes and businesses, and take stock of what needs to be done should the call come to shutter the aforementioned.

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