Chinese FY meteorological satellites monitor Irma

08-09-2017Source:China Meteorological News Press

Chinese FY 3B monitoring image. (20170907 BJT)

Hurricane Irma, this year's first category 5 hurricane and described as potentially catastrophic, is moving through the Caribbean towards southern Florida.

WMO’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Center Miami (US National Hurricane Center) is issuing special advisories on Irma which is the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin outside the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico in NHC records.

At 200 AM AST (0600 UTC) on 7 September, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 19.7 North, longitude 67.7 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

3D combined image of FY satellite and NWP 500hPa wind field

On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move away from Puerto Rico this morning, pass just north of the coast of Hispaniola later, and be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening. Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are now near 180 mph (290 km/h) with higher gusts.

 Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.

The updated track forecast shows that Irma will move parallel and to the north of the coasts of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba through Saturday. The threat of direct hurricane impacts in Florida over the weekend and early next week has increased, according to NHC. (Sep.8)

Source: WMO and National Satellite Meteorological Center of CMA 

Editor Hao Jing