Pray for my island. Irma is hitting Cuba hard !

Pray for my island. Irma is hitting Cuba hard !

What was left of Barbuda was spared from the worst of Hurricane Jose, as the Category 4 storm skirted just north of the island on Saturday.

Powerful waves and storm surge from Hurricane Irma topped Havana's iconic Malecon seawall and left thousands of homes, businesses and hotels swamped Sunday, even as the storm moved away from the island.

The timing of the strong winds will be late afternoon Sunday through early Monday morning.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 11:00 am EDT on Friday, the eye of Hurricane Jose was located about 415 miles (670 km) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h).

Winds were recorded at 125 miles per hour as of Saturday afternoon, and the storm was "moving west at 9 miles per hour and is expected to turn north and head up the western coast of Florida, making landfall on Sunday", according to ABC News.

Numerous islands that are on hurricane watch were the ones devastated by Irma on Tuesday night and Wednesday. This is the first category 5 hurricane in the history of Cuba since 1924.

"I am absolutely terrified". A hurricane watch also was discontinued for nearby Antigua.

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, around a quarter of the state's population have been ordered to leave Florida.

Now, the main threat here is coastal flooding from the likely combination of high seasonal tides and Irma's rain.

"We are running out of time. Where did you go?"

Two Category 5 hurricanes in a week.

Damage to these resorts, along with heavy agricultural losses and reconstruction costs elsewhere in the country, will be a major economic strain on the country.

Research is divided on whether global warming will make tropical cyclones more frequent, though data from climate modeling suggests a higher probability for stronger, wetter hurricanes in the Atlantic when they do occur, said Tom Knutson, a climate research scientist for NOAA.

The Cuban Government has used all their resources and more to secure this storm will pass without taking lives.

"The destination has lost entire structures and many homes are without roofs, or have been diminished to merely foundations", the BVI government said. "They say to not stress and not worry, but how can you not?" A spokeswoman for the department said people are being evacuated from Barbuda to Antigua in advance of Hurricane Jose hitting in the coming days.

McMaster said officials will continue monitoring the storm and may opt for another course of action if conditions change and circumstances warrant.

Although the United States territory avoided a direct hit, its infrastructure was badly affected - more than half of the island's three million residents were without power and officials said many could be cut off for several days.

Flights out of the island were suspended on Saturday due to weather. Virginia and Alabama were under states of emergency.

Jose is now barrelling along a similar path as Irma towards hard-hit St Martin, Anguilla, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands among others.

An estimated 6,000 Americans were stranded when Irma hit St. Martin, an island split between French and Dutch control.

"Tonight, I'm sweating", she said.

Farther out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has now become an extremely unsafe Category 4 hurricane, threatening the Caribbean islands already devastated by Irma.

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