The weather radar maps they posted showed it all - the plane was seemingly headed right into the monster storm's path. The last storm to maintain long-lasting category 5 strength was Hurricane Allen, which only maintained 180+ mile per hour winds for 18 hours.
The most Atlantic powerful storm in a decade had wind speeds of 295km/h and was expected to pass near or just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Those who need to stay hospitalized have been largely transported by ground to other hospitals in the Baptist Health system, according to Wayne Brackin, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health South Florida.
Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing islands to rubble and leaving at least seven people killed. At 8 pm Atlantic Standard Time on Wednesday, the storm was about 80 km north of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan, packing maximum sustained winds of 295 kmph and heading west-northwest at 26 kmph.
Barbuda is only 160 km in total, just a quarter of the size of Hurricane Irma.
A woman walks out of a variety store that has boarded up their windows in advance of Hurricane Irma's expected arrival in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., September 6, 2017. Jose is now to the east of the island chain.
The eye of a hurricane actually contains relatively calm weather.
Tom Bossert told The Associated Press that Harvey victims will not be forgotten.
The conservative radio personality's swerve into meteorology had Al Roker, the "Today" show weatherman, saying Wednesday that Limbaugh was putting people's lives at risk. Two people died in the French islands and one other died in Barbuda, local officials said.
The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were slated to kick off the season in Miami's stadium, but the National Football League made a decision to postpone the game.
Fortunately, the Bucs and Fins happened to have their bye weeks at the same time, so the game has been rescheduled for November 19.