Hurricane Irma Special Weather Bulletin 1

...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


LATITUDE 17.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 49.8 WEST OR ABOUT 875 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 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.

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 969 MB...28.62 INCHES.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF IRMA IS FORECAST TO APPROACH THE LEEWARD ISLANDS LATE TUESDAY. HOWEVER CONDITIONS IN ST. MAARTEN MAY BEGIN DETERIORATE BY TUESDAY.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AND SEA

WIND:

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

ALL CITIZENS/ RESIDENTS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT AND MAKE PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY AND BE READY TO TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION WHEN CALLED UPON.

THE METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR HURRICANE IRMA AND ISSUE SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETINS.

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

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