“Preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area,” the NHC said in its 1200 GMT bulletin.
The monster hurricane, the most powerful of the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, is about 270 miles (440
Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida.
The storm was moving towards the west at 14 miles (22
“These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC warned.
The storm is also is expected to “cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
Irma, which has triggered alarm and alerts from the French West Indies to Florida, comes after of Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana late last month. DM
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