TSUNAMI POSSIBLE IN THE ISLANDS

Hurricane Irma body count to rise as Tsunami-height 20ft waves hit Turks in HOURS

HURRICANE Irma will bring a catastrophic TSUNAMI to the British territory Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas in hours with 20-foot waves hitting Nassau and the entire east of the islands later tonight.

Hurricane IrmaEPA • AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Hurricane Irma will bring a catastrophic Tsunami to the British territory tiny

group of islands and bigger neighbour Bahamas face the most brutal assault from Hurricane Irma so far from super powerful 20 foot high waves.

So far the islands struck by Irma, including Antigua and Barbuda, St Barts and St Kitts, have faced catastrophic damage from hyper-powerful winds – but wave damage has been relatively light as waves have only measured four to six feet.

 But as Hurricane Irma veers slightly east, and strengthens ever more thanks to extra atmospheric moisture and warmer oceans, Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos face severe wave damage.
Although not technically a tsunami, as it is not driven by tectonic plate slippage, experts fear the 20 foot high waves will inevitably lead to major loss of life.

In the USA most hurricane deaths are from drowning – most often motorists attempting to escape the killer weather.

CNN weather anchor Tom Sater said: “A six-foot storm surge becomes a 20-foot storm surge as Irma hits the quadrant which includes Turks and Caicos and Bahamas.

“This is simply a once in a generation hurricane.”

Hurricane IrmaAFP/GETTY IMAGES

The tiny group of islands face the most brutal assault from Hurricane Irma

This is simply a once in a generation hurricane

A spokesman for Weather.com added: “At this intensity, small deviations in wind speed will not change impacts. A direct hit will be catastrophic.

“Irma will track just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday and will be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

“Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of  the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the southeastern, central and northwestern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Additionally, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to the border with Haiti and for the coast of Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas.

“A hurricane watch is also in effect Cuba from Matanzas Province eastward to Guantanamo Province and the northwestern Bahamas.”

Hurricane Irma’s path is expected to take the following trajectory:

Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday; tropical storm force winds will spread across the Dominican Republic during the morning and midday Thursday in Haiti

Turks and Caicos: Late Thursday-Friday

Bahamas: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds may arrive as early as late Thursday

Cuba: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds will arrive as early as Thursday night

Family spend day on Miami beach before Hurricane Irma hits

Southeast United States: This weekend into early next week, beginning in south Florida Saturday

Islands already hit by Hurricane Irma include:

Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Virgin Islands: Vieques, Culebra)

United States Virgin Islands U.S.

Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Water Island

Hurricane Irma

View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Carribean

Destroyed buildings and trees after Hurricane Irma hit Saint-Martin

A damaged car and debris in Marigot after Hurricane Irma

Cars on the beach in Marigot after Hurricane Irma

Damaged Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma

Damaged Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma

Debris is seen during a storm surge near the Puerto Chico Harbor during the passing of Hurricane Irma

View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean

Experts fear the 20 foot high waves will inevitably lead to major loss of life

British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands: Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada

Anguilla (U.K., under the British Crown)

The collectivity of Saint Martin Sint Maarten Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (Fr./Neth.)

Saint Barthélemy Saint-Barthélemy (Fr.)

Saba Saba (Neth.)

Hurricane IrmaREUTERS

The body count is expected to rise from Hurricane Irma

Sint Eustatius Sint Eustatius (Neth.)

Saint Kitts Saint Kitts (Commonwealth, forms a state under the British Crown with Nevis; see Nevis)

Nevis Nevis (Commonwealth; see St. Kitts)

Antigua and Barbuda Barbuda (Commonwealth; see Antigua)

Antigua and Barbuda Antigua (Commonwealth, forms a state under the British Crown with Barbuda)

Antigua and Barbuda Redonda (uninhabited part of Antigua & Barbuda; see above)

Montserrat (U.K.)

Guadeloupe (Fr. overseas department)

 

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