Seismometers in the Caribbean are picking up worrying signals — but they’re not coming from earthquakes.
It’s Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Irma is so strong it’s starting to show up on seismometers in the Caribbean — equipment designed to measure earthquakes. https://t.co/qJrSJ1v8gy
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) September 5, 2017
— Stephen Hicks (@seismo_steve) September 5, 2017
Irma is already a Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds topping out at 180 mph. The storm is expected to hit the Caribbean islands on Tuesday night and possibly Florida by the weekend. It is already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico area, and is tied for the 5th strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
Earlier this morning, the National Hurricane Center also said Irma’s environment is “ideal for some additional intensification.” The hurricane center urges preparations to be “rushed to completion” in Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, the British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Anguilla, which is expected to be hit very soon.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has ordered 7,000 National Guard troops to report for duty on Friday morning. The Virgin Islands has also ordered troops into active service, and has already declared a state of emergency.
UPDATE: Hurricane Irma’s eye has continued to warm, and meteorologists say that winds could soon reach 200 mph.
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) September 5, 2017
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