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18/09/2017

Grand Case - Saint Martin (FR.) - Wind storm - Situation as of 14/09/2017, Grading Map - MONIT02

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Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a powerful category five storm as warnings have been issued for several Caribbean islands.

The hurricane had sustained winds of up to 280 km/h. Irma is projected to hit the islands, causing storm surges, life-threatening winds and torrential rain.

The present map shows the damage grade assessment in the area of Grand Case (Saint Martin, FR.).
The thematic layer has been derived from post-event satellite image by means of visual interpretation.
The estimated geometric accuracy is 5 m CE90 or better, from native positional accuracy of the background satellite image.

Hurricane Irma - Sep 2017

As of 1 September, [NOAA]’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC), stated that Hurricane Irma’s centre was located near latitude 18.8 north, longitude 39.1 west at 5 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST) (2100 [UTC]). Irma was moving toward the west at around 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the west-south-west was expected by 2 September 2017. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, as maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h), with higher gusts; while fluctuations in strength (up or down) are possible over the next few days, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend. (IFRC, 1 Sep 2017)

Irma made landfall on northeast Caribbean islands during the early hours of 6 September, affecting Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St Barthélemy, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands and other islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas. Irma is predicted to hit Puerto Rico in the night, before continuing to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas. There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane force winds, storm surge, and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory. Hurricane Irma is being slowly trailed by Hurricane Jose, which is moving very slowly in the Atlantic Ocean and is anticipated to affect the northern Leeward Islands. 49​ ​million people directly in Irma’s projected path. (OCHA, 6 Sep 2017)

As of 13 September, OCHA reported that Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Martin/St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are the most affected islands and that critical needs in supplies and support were being addressed around the clock. In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, local authorities are managing response and restoration to normal activities in the affected areas with local resources. Cuba withstood damage to 13 of its 15 provinces, reporting 10 deaths and damage to agriculture, water supply, and telecommunications. Humanitarian partners continue to work and coordination with regional organizations and local governments throughout the affected countries as needs assessments continue to reveal the range and depth of the needs caused by Irma. (OCHA, 13 Sep 2017)
Affected populations are mostly in need of WASH, food, shelter/NFIs, and health and infrastructure assistance. Needs for protection, logistics, and education have also been identified in some affected islands. (IOM, 13 Sep 2017)

On 15 September, the Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region seeking US$15.1 million was launched.

Hurricane_Irma_Regional_Response_Plan.pdf

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