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Thursday, 23 November 2017
Nevis Island Administration sealNevis Island Administration sealNIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (AUGUST 31, 2017) -- The following is a statement from the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD), originating from the St. Kitts Meteorological Services, regarding Hurricane Irma.
 
Summary from National Hurricane Centre (NHC):
 
At 11:00 A.M. AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 33.8 West or about 1650 nautical miles east of SKN.
 
Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). This general 
motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday.
 
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days. 
 
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).
 
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Based on the extended forecast models, Hurricane Irma is to be in the 
vicinity of the Northern Leewards (St. Kitts-Nevis included) by mid next week.
 
As this system continues to rapidly intensify, it can be expected that the extent of storm
force winds and hurricane force winds from the center will increase as well.
 
Therefore, it is important that we closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma
as it is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane and be near us as a major 
hurricane.
 
There is some uncertainty as to the exact path the hurricane will move but for certain
it will be in our vicinity next week. The exact impacts from it are uncertain at this 
moment but with a hurricane with such strength, some impact is likely once it passes in
our vicinity.
 
More details will be provided as they are received and processed, to enable all to ensure 
that our state of readiness is sufficient to manage this hurricane, as it moves towards
us.