Hurricane Irma has continued to move northwestward and by noon today, given its proximity to the eastern end of Cuba, wave trains are expected to arrive along the northern coast of this region of the country. The afternoon will see wave heights increasing by between four and six meters, storm surges, and coastal flooding in low areas of the north coast of Guantánamo, later extending to the coasts of Holguín.
At 6.00am Irma’s center was estimated at 20.1 degrees north latitude and 68.6 degrees west longitude, positioning it 310 kilometers to the southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Irma has weakened slightly and now has maximum sustained winds of 285 kilometers per hour, with higher gusts, a central pressure of 921 hectoPascals and continues to advance northwestward with a speed that has increased to 28 kilometers per hour.
In the next 12 to 24 hours, Irma will remain an intense Category 5 hurricane, with little change in its speed or movement. This morning the hurricane will reach the seas to the north of Hispaniola, approaching the Turks and Caicos Islands tonight.
Due to the potential impacts of Irma in Cuba, the population is advised to pay attention to the information provided by the Institute of Meteorology’s Forecast Center and the National Civil Defense.
The next tropical cyclone warning regarding the intense Hurricane Irma will be broadcast at noon today. (Institute of Meteorology)