February 17, 2020

The Editor Speaks: Angry Irma

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Something has definitely upset Lady Irma. She is storming towards us.

As I write this has sustained winds of a staggering 180 miles an hour! That’s 30 more than we experienced here when Ivan The terrible hit.

As I write this Irma is forecast to miss us and go to the north side of .

As I write this Irma is threatening to slam into northeastern islands and by Wednesday (tomorrow 6).

As I write this Irma could hit the mainland USA – somewhere near Miami/Keys, Florida.

If I had written this Editorial yesterday at this time Irma was not going anywhere near as close to Cuba. Now some of the models are showing Irma is going to take a direct hit and go right through the centre of the island from East to West!

The storm’s forecast track currently has it near or over Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla by late today (Tue 5) or early Wednesday, and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon.

This time tomorrow we will know how accurate the forecast is. The original forecast tracks of Ivan were not showing he was coming to visit us.

CNN are reporting “We could see storm surges of 7 to 11 feet — that’s certainly life-threatening — and very, very heavy flooding rainfall” in the far northeastern Caribbean islands as well winds that could cause catastrophic damage near the eye wall, the hurricane center’s Michael Brennan said.
Computer models show the system eventually heading near the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba on Friday into Saturday, and possibly turning north toward Florida by the weekend.
While Irma’s exact path is uncertain, several Caribbean islands as well Florida — where storm-wary shoppers were standing in long lines outside some stores Tuesday — are bracing for the storm.
After declaring a state of emergency across Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said President Donald Trump had “offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma.”
“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott said in a statement.”

I hope all of you are taking note that the projected path is not the actual path and each time this week new data has come available the very dangerous Lady is coming closer.

We should know for certain on Friday but if you haven’t started taking precautions now there is still time. And don’t forget Friday is the busiest day for banks. And they don’t open at the weekends and if the storm shifts to attack us the banks will shut their doors fast. It was a long time after Ivan had left us they opened their doors and it wasn’t for very long. And they limited the amount of money we could have. Money that is legally ours! And did we earn any interest on that money they held?

Be wise. Stock up now and remove some of that money. No shops would take credit/debit cards for a long time after Ivan left us.

An angry Irma is even more dangerous than a terrible Ivan.

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