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Preliminary Event Briefing - Tropical Cyclone Irma - Wind and Storm Surge - Leewards Islands - September 8, 2017

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Irma is one of the most powerful tropical cyclones on record. It formed as a tropical storm on 30 August at 15UTC, west of the Cape Verde Islands and it was upgraded to hurricane status on 31 August at 15UTC. Irma intensified moving across the Atlantic Ocean and it reached the Leeward Islands as a major hurricane (category 5) on 6 September at approximately 12UTC. Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts and Nevis experienced hurricane-force winds and storm surge up to 2.2 m. The present report regards Irma’s effects on these CCRIF countries.

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