05.50 AM SEPT.06: HURRICANE IRMA NEARS SINT MAARTEN. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS BEING EXPERIENCED

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05.50 AM SEPT.06: HURRICANE IRMA NEARS SINT MAARTEN. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS BEING EXPERIENCED

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – Prior to Laser 101 Radio going off air, some reports received; an eye witness reported to Laser 101 Radio that there is a fire in the Cul de Sac area near Cake House. 

Laser 101 reported that the Alegria Resort at Beacon Hill is flooded. 

We have a complete white out situation as the sun is now coming up.  Lots of debris flying around.

ARCHIVE, September 6, SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The Mighty Irma has arrived. The winds are very heavy, hurricane sustained. 

Electricity is out on the southern side of the country which includes the areas of Pelican, Cole Bay, Cay Bay, Simpson Bay, Beacon Hill, Maho, and Cupecoy.

Sea state is extremely rough.  The wind is forcing the rain through under the doors and windows.

Laser 101 Radio which has been keeping the community informed is now offline due to extreme hurricane conditions currently being experienced.

SOUALIGA NEWSDAY REPORT  

ARCHIVE, September 6, SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The Mighty Irma described as one for the record books is making its way to the northern most Leeward Islands early Wednesday morning, September 6.

The winds outside are howling and the sea state is very rough with swells rolling in along with intermittent rain showers.  Lights remain on at this point in time, but one expects as it nears 3.00 AM it will be ‘lights out.’

Irma has caught the world’s attention with a wind speed of 185 miles per hour, and described as the strongest hurricane ever to form in the Atlantic which has earned it a place among the five top strongest hurricanes ever.

The country has prepared and now the authorities are looking at dealing with the post period of Irma, damage assessment, recovery and rebuild.

The country rebuilt much stronger after the lessons learnt from Mighty Luis back in 1995. The country reflects on those experiences 22 years ago and now looks at Irma as she approaches the most northern Leeward Islands.

SOUALIGA NEWSDAY REPORT  

ARCHIVE, September 5, SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft data indicate Hurricane Irma has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with maximum winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts. 

A special advisory will be issued at 800 AM AST (1200 UTC) in lieu of the scheduled intermediate advisory for Irma.

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