According to information from the Meteorology Institute’s Forecast Center, the intense Hurricane Irma is hitting the northern half of the central provinces as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds in the order of 250 kilometers per hour, with stronger gusts, and is advancing west-northwestward at 19 kilometers per hour.
Irma’s outer bands are impacting from the eastern provinces to the west of the country, with heavy and locally intense rains. In the late morning, coastal flooding will begin in the provinces of Havana, Mayabeque and Matanzas.
Given this situation, it was decided to establish the Hurricane Alarm Phase for the provinces of Mayabeque, Havana and Artemisa, the Alert Phase for Pinar del Río, and the Informative Phase for the Isle of Youth Special Municipality, while maintaining the rest of the country’s provinces in the Alarm Phase.
Information should be increased for the population in the provinces that have passed to the Alarm and Alert phases, emphasizing the protection of people in safe places, due to the impact of strong winds and coastal flooding. Likewise, to detail the secure conditions and possible movement of people who are planned to be sheltered in evacuation centers and those residing in buildings in a deficient state of repair.
State bodies and agencies, economic entities, and social institutions of 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 DEFENCE GENERAL STAFF