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Irma forecast to follow Harvey in hurricane season

7th September, 2017

Last week our TV screens were filled with horrific images from Houston as Hurricane Harvey hit the city. And, hot on the heels of Harvey comes Hurricane Irma, that is set to hit the east coast of America later this week. 

First hurricane to hit US in more than ten years
Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the US since Wilma in 2005. More than 1 million people have been displaced with 44 feared dead.
 
And now, Hurricane Irma is heading towards the Caribbean with fears that it could turn towards the US. 

Hurricane forecasting is extremely difficult
Forecasting the ‘track’ and intensity of a hurricane is still an extremely difficult task. Forecasters are warning that Irma could reach sustained speeds of over 180mph which would rival 1980’s Hurricane Allen for record speeds.

Most severe category of hurricane
The National Hurricane Center has reported Hurricane Irma as an extremely dangerous 180-mph storm – Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale – which as you can see from the scale below is the most severe.
 
The five categories of hurricane
1 – 74-95 mph very dangerous winds that will cause some damage to roofs, large branches of trees to snap and extensive damage to power lines and poles.
2 – 96-110 mph extremely dangerous winds that will cause major roof and siding damage, shallowly rooted trees to be uprooted and block numerous roads and near-total power loss expected.
3 – 111-129 mph winds causing devastating damage including major roof damage or removal of roof decking, uprooting of trees blocking numerous roads and electricity and water being unavailable for several days.
4 – 130-156 mph winds causing catastrophic damage such as loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls of homes, most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. 
5 – 157+ mph winds causing catastrophic damage with a high percentage of homes being destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Power outages will last for weeks or possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

Getting the forecasting right for your premises
Providing accurate winter weather forecasting for when ice and snow will affect your premises is one of the core parts of our service. We have our own trained meteorologist to help us to understand exactly when to attend your premises to provide the optimum gritting and snow clearance leaving your premises clear and safe for pedestrians and vehicles. So, don’t delay, plan now for the icy, cold weather and get your winter gritting and snow clearance sorted by calling us on 01728 633900 for a quote that will be tailored to the requirements of your premises.

The track of Hurricane Irma as it approaches the US coast

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