What we know and don’t know about Hurricane Irma

The Dutch Navy has released photo of damaged airport aftermath of Hurricane Irma in St. Maarten.

As of Thursday midday, Irma is still a Category 5 hurricane with winds of about 175 mph. Irma is one of three active hurricanes in the Atlantic basin right now.

Where is the storm?

— Irma is off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. As of now, 24 provinces in the country are on red alert and 7,000 people are displaced

— The center of the storm will pass north of Hispaniola later Thursday

— Irma will be near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening. The Bahamas ordered evacuations for six of its southern islands:

  • Mayaguana
  • Inagua
  • Crooked Island
  • Acklins
  • Long Cay
  • Ragged Island

Destruction so far

— Irma ravaged Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands

— France’s Prime Minister revised the death toll after the storm, saying four people died on St. Martin. One person died on Barbuda and one on Anguilla

— Barbuda’s Prime Minister says the island is barely inhabitable — 95% of its buildings are damaged

— Puerto Rico was not directly impacted, but strong winds and torrential rains left hundreds of thousands without power and more than 56,000 without water

Florida under hurricane watch

— Florida is under a state of emergency, with impact from Irma expected by late Saturday with potential landfall on Sunday

— The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane watches for these parts of Florida:

  • The Florida Keys
  • Naples
  • Miami
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • West Palm Beach

— 31,000 people have evacuated the Florida keys. So far, officials labeled these counties as evacuation zones:

  • Monroe
  • Miami-Dade
  • Broward
  • Palm Beach
  • Brevard

— Florida’s Emergency Information Hotline number is: 1-800-342-3557

— 7,000 National Guard troops have been activated

— Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking for 17,000 volunteers

Other states in Irma’s path prepare

— Georgia’s governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of people living east of Interstate 95 in his state, as well as all of Chatham County — which includes Savannah — and other low-lying areas in the path of the storm. He also declared a state of emergency for 30 counties that could be affected by Irma

— North Carolina and South Carolina are also getting ready. Both are under states of emergency.

Irma is a monster

— Hurricane Irma has maintained wind intensity above 185 mph longer than any other storm on record around the world — a total of 37 hours

— The storm’s cloud field is 300,000 square miles, which would cover the state of Texas.