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September 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma Weather Briefing

KEY MESSAGES

• Irma is expected to affect the northeastern Leeward Islands as an extremely
dangerous category 5 hurricane, accompanied by life-threatening wind,
storm surge, and rainfall. Hurricane warnings are in effect for portions of the
Leeward Islands. Preparations should be rushed to completion, as tropicalstorm
force winds are expected to first arrive in the hurricane warning area
later today.

• Irma is also expected to affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto
Rico as a dangerous major hurricane beginning tomorrow, with lifethreatening
wind, storm surge, and rainfall. Hurricane warnings have been
issued for these areas, and tropical- storm-force winds are expected to arrive
in these areas by early tomorrow.

• Irma could directly affect Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas,
and Cuba as an extremely dangerous major hurricane later this week.
Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Irma and listen to
advice given by officials.

• There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the
Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend.
Otherwise, it is still too early to determine what direct impacts Irma might
have on the continental United States. However, everyone in hurricaneprone
areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place.

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