Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe island of Barbuda is “barely habitable”, says PM Gaston Browne St Martin, an island that comprises the French territory of Saint-Martin and the Dutch section Sint-Maarten, suffered terrible damage.Irma’s precise course remained uncertain but it was likely to be downgraded to a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall in Florida, the NHC said.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Irma Slams Caribbean, Takes Aim at Florida
Related Image Expand / Collapse Florida Highway Patrol escorts fuel trucks in Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. (Gov. Rick Scott/Twitter)
No, Irma isn't predicted to destroy New York City
“This could impact any part of our state,” Scott told reporters. “We’ll be doing evacuations, but everybody’s got to listen.”
Once there was an island known as Barbuda. After Hurricane Irma, much of it is gone
Free Wi-Fi after Hurricane Irma? Comcast has Florida covered
The Hurricane Hunters fly into the eye of Hurricane Irma to continue to provide valuable data about the storm for weather forecasters. USA TODAY
It’s not just Florida that will see gas prices spike. As post-Harvey effects linger, AAA said it expects prices nationwide — now $2.67 a gallon for regular — to climb five to 10 cents in coming weeks. States in the South and mid-Atlantic are likely to see the biggest jump, since they receive most of their supply from the Gulf Coast.
Hurricane watch issued for South Florida ahead of Irma, governor says fuel shortages 'top priority'
A post shared by Sam Branson (@bransonsam) on Sep 7, 2017 at 1:37am PDT
Some airlines capping fares at $99 ahead of Hurricane Irma; thousands of flights canceled
Track the stormDeaths on Caribbean islandsFlorida prepares for IrmaThere are 3 hurricanes in the AtlanticGas shortages in FloridaNuclear plants shutting downFEMA could run out of cashFlorida hospitals closing ahead of stormMass evacuations in FloridaRichard Branson ‘safe and well’Hurricane checklist
Brian Blanco/Getty Images hide caption
Florida’s gasoline supply slowed to a trickle — as did traffic on Sunshine State highways — as panicked residents scrambled Thursday from the path of Hurricane Irma, the record-breaking storm set to unleash devastation on Miami as early as Sunday morning.
With Florida under hurricane watch, here's how to change travel plans
Facebook Twitter Google plus Share Share this post Facebook Twitter Google plus close 5.47pm BST 17:47
“Our worst fears have played out in Barbuda and elsewhere,” Walter Cotte, Americas director for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a statement.NATION Q&A How Hurricane Irma became the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record Speaking on French radio France Info, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the death toll in St. Martin and St. Barthelemy could be higher because rescue teams have yet to finish inspecting the islands.
expected to hit Florida as a category four hurricane on Sunday, bringing storm surges and flooding.
In Florida, the average price for a gallon of regular — $2.73 as of Thursday — is 53 cents higher than at this time last year, according to the American Automobile Association, and prices are expected to continue climbing.
Hurricane Irma leaves damages across Caribbean as it heads for Puerto Rico and Florida
NPR reporter Hansi Lo Wang contributed to this report.Major airlines — including American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United — have issued travel advisories related to Hurricane Irma and are waiving the change fees for travelers to reschedule their flights. Amid traveler complaints of high flight prices, some are also adding flight capacity or capping fares for travelers seeking to leave Florida ahead of the hurricane.
Some photos from across the BVI from different sources. So devastating! Looks like the damage is very extensive. Still waiting to hear more news from #virgingorda But I have heard that there have been no fatalities in Gun Creek or in the Valley ???? Thoughts are with everyone and everything ???? #britishvirginislands #hurricaneirma #bvi
(AP) See more galleries Dutch Department of Defense The damage left behind by Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Martin, on Sept. 6, 2017.
Why forecasters are so concerned about Hurricane Irma
"This storm doesn’t appear to be going anywhere," he said Thursday.
Updated 1906 GMT (0306 HKT) September 7, 2017Category 1: Winds range from 74 mph to 95 mph, with the potential to uproot trees and damage roofs and power lines.
NATION Once there was an island known as Barbuda. After Hurricane Irma, much of it is gone Speaking on French radio France Info, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the death toll in St. Martin and St. Barthelemy could be higher because rescue teams have yet to finish inspecting the islands.Residents, visitors and government officials in these areas need to prepare now for lengthy power outages, flooding and major delays and disruptions. Those along the coast should heed all mandatory evacuations and strongly consider leaving if a voluntary evacuation is ordered.
Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma to batter Hispaniola to Cuba and the Bahamas
We’re interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think.
Hurricane Irma's storm path: What you should know
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Thursday that four people were confirmed dead on the Caribbean island of St Martin ravaged by Hurricane Irma.
States of emergency have already been declared in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and South Carolina.Please disable your ad blocker on CNBC and reload the page to start the video.
For more on global development news, see our Global Development Watch page, and follow me @AMSimmons1 on Twitter
told Radio Caribbean International.A post shared by Sam Branson (@bransonsam) on Sep 6, 2017 at 3:21pm PDT
The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history bore down on the northeast Caribbean late Tuesday. Hurricane Irma is predicted to then rake Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida. (Sept. 6) AP
In Haiti, 'we are already living in another hurricane — Hurricane Misery'
• Customers should unplug their equipment or use a surge protector to plug in TVs, modems and cable boxes so that when power is restored, those devices aren’t damaged by power surges.Megan Daniel (left) gets a hand from a stranger, Delene Cole, as she loads plywood she intends to use as storm shutters ahead of Irma on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.upgrade your browser for the best AccuWeather experience.
Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m. local time, the National Weather Service said. Residents said over radio that phone lines went down. Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighboring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.”Irma’s impact on gas prices won’t be as dramatic as Harvey,” Casselano said. “Harvey took pipelines and refineries offline, halting production and deliveries. Irma will likely just cause gasoline delivery disruption. There are no refineries in her path to shut down production.”PlayThe Associated PressWATCH Death toll expected to rise after Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean 0 Shares Email