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Here’s how Hurricane Irma hit Trump’s Caribbean estate

Hurricane Irma crashed into Donald Trump’s Caribbean estate and damaged the property on an extensive scale.  The storm crashed against the island of St Martin where Mr Trump owns a waterfront estate. The winds reportedly wrecked buildings, uprooted trees and overturned cars in the region. French officials who control the side of the island where Mr Trump’s property is located said the area “suffered serious damage” but did not detail the exact condition of Mr Trump’s estate, The Washington Post reported.…

Climate change and hurricanes: do we need a smoking gun?

WASHINGTON: Many climate scientists are convinced that mega-storms Harvey and Irma Hurricane -- which left scores dead and caused massive economic losses -- were boosted by global warming, but hesitate to say so in as many words. Call it the hurricane paradox. On the one hand, top experts point to the laws of physics, computer modeling, and measurable increases in sea levels and the temperatures of both ocean water and the atmosphere -- all pointing to destructive tropical cyclones. Taken together, they are like the…

VIDEO: Hurricane Irma sucks away the ocean from Florida and Bahamas beaches

The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it has temporarily sucked the ocean away from beaches in Florida and the Bahamas after it struck the US city. A picture was tweeted by a user last week with a caption: “Y’all my family in the Bahamas said Irma sucked up all the water. There’s literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone.” He sent out a follow-up video that showed how the water had retreated at a beach in Long Island, Bahamas. On Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed the…

Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster

WASHINGTON: The combined economic cost of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $290 billion, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the US gross domestic product, US forecaster AccuWeather said in a report Sunday. "We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 billion, among the costliest hurricanes of all time," said the firm's CEO and founder Joel Myers. Harvey, which battered Texas and parts of Louisiana in late August, will be "the costliest weather disaster in US history at $190 billion or one full percentage…

Hurricane Irma menaces Florida’s Gulf Coast after striking Cuba

REMEDIOS: Hurricane Irma pounded Cuba’s northern coast on Saturday and barreled toward Florida’s Gulf Coast as authorities scrambled to complete an unprecedented evacuation of millions of residents hours before the storm lashes the state. Irma, one of the fiercest Atlantic storms in a century, was expected to rip through the Florida Keys archipelago on Sunday morning. It will make landfall on the Florida peninsula somewhere west of Miami on a track that would take it up the state’s west coast, including Tampa, forecasters…

Indian Embassy tells 1,500 hurricane-hit Indian families in Caribbean to ‘go to hell’

As many as 1,500 Indian families stranded in the Caribbean in the wake of powerful hurricane have simply gotten the cold shoulder from their own embassy at the most difficult time when they were expecting all-out assistance. The Indian Embassy in Venezuela, according to a report in the Mid-Day, won't help the nearly 1,500 Indians who are stranded in the Caribbean island of St Maarten. In the wake of the massive hurricane, the Indian families there are living without access to food, water or electricity, and are in…

So how do mega-storms get named, anyhow?

PARIS: First there was Harvey, which put much of Houston under water. Now Hurricane Irma is rampaging across the Caribbean and closing in on Miami. Meanwhile, Jose -- still a tropical storm -- is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, while Katia in the Atlantic is threatening to ramp up to hurricane force in the coming days. The attentive reader might notice a pattern here: "H", "I", "J", "K"... Indeed, the monikers of major tropical storms in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are drawn from an alphabetical list made by the…

1.2 million people ‘battered’ by Irma: Red Cross

GENEVA: An estimated 1.2 million people have already been "battered" by Hurricane Irma, a number that could surge to 26 million, the Red Cross said on Thursday. "Our worst fears have played out in Barbuda and elsewhere,” Walter Cotte, Americas director for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said in a statement. Irma -- one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record -- has turned the Caribbean islands of Barbuda and St Martin into mountains of rubble. The Geneva-based…

Hurricane Irma kills eight on Caribbean island of Saint Martin

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: Hurricane Irma killed eight people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Florida. Television footage of the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin showed a damaged marina with boats tossed into piles, submerged streets and flooded homes. Power was knocked out on Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and in parts of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. “It is an enormous disaster, 95 percent of the…

Florida prepares for ‘extremely dangerous’ hurricane in recorded history

FLORIDA: Emergency management officials across South Florida hastened disaster preparations on Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s expected weekend arrival on the U.S. mainland with possibly greater force than Hurricane Harvey unleashed on Texas. Irma, a Category 5 storm - the highest hurricane ranking used by U.S. forecasters - neared the Caribbean’s northern Leeward Islands, east of Puerto Rico, late on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (300 km/h). The hurricane center was blunt about…