According to information from the Meteorology Institute’s Forecast Center, Irma continues to be a high intensity system with maximum sustained winds of 250 km/h, at the upper limit of a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
At 6:00am, the eye of the storm was estimated to be located some 168 kilometers north of Punta de Maisí in Guantánamo, and 180 kilometers east-northeast of Punta Lucrecia, Holguín. The storm continues moving northwest at 26 kilometers per hour (km/h), and will continue to do so at a reduced rate, in the same direction, close to the northern coast of the eastern and central regions of the country.
Considering the imminent impact on our territory, the decision was made to declare an Alarm Phase for the provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Cienfuegos and Matanzas; an Alert for Mayabeque, La Habana and Artemisa; and the Informative Phase for Pinar del Río, as of 10:00am. Other provinces remain in the Alarm Phase. Residents of the Isle of Youth are to remain attentive to information released.
State bodies and organs, economic entities, and social institutions in the provinces now in the Alarm Phase must implement measures established in their respective disaster mitigation plans, limit the movement of persons and means of transportation, as well as other activities which may endanger lives.
The population is urged to stay informed of the evolution of this hurricane via Hurricane Advisories released by the Meteorology Institute, and Civil Defense instructions, adopting, in a disciplined fashion, all measures as indicated by local authorities.
National Civil Defense General Staff