CNN journalist Patrick Oppmann was reporting from Cuba at 6.40pm local time before the storm hit the island
Miami, which was on track for a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, was thrown a lifeline on Saturday as the storm's path veered west. Irma is expected to move up the southwest coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, bringing with it 130mph winds and life threatening rain after battering Cuba on Saturday. It will remain off the coast of Florida until Monday when meteorologists predict it will then hit Tampa as a Category 3 storm. After the new forecast emerged on Saturday, the mayor of Tampa said ominously: 'It's not looking good for us.' Miami is still under an evacuation order and officials are warning residents not to return to their homes in light of the news that Irma is moving west because it is still at risk of severe storm surge. Irma is so powerful that no matter where it hits and even before it does, the entire southern section of the state is at risk of storm surge, deadly wind and rain. More than 5million people have been evacuated in anticipation of it and 50,000 people are in shelters across the state. On Saturday morning, Governor Rick Scott, who has been pleading with residents for days to leave evacuation zones before Irma hits, said : 'This is a catastrophic storm. We have never seen this before. The storm is bigger than our state.
A massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake rocked Mexico's southern coast early Friday, killing dozens in what may be the strongest quake to strike the country in a century.
Mexican authorities confirmed that at least 32 people were killed. The death toll is likely to rise. The temblor triggered a tsunami threat to several neighboring countries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state not far from Guatemala. It had a depth of about 22 miles.
President Enrique Pena Nieto said there have been 62 aftershocks. He also said that the quake's magnitude was slightly stronger, at 8.2, than the USGS readings, which would make it the largest to strike the country in 100 years, and bigger than an 8.1 quake in 1985 that killed thousands and devastated large parts of Mexico City.
Friday's quake struck off the coast of southern Mexico in Chiapas state, toppling houses and causing buildings to sway violently 650 miles in away the country’s capital.
In Chiapas, the quake produced tsunami waves and sent people running into the streets in panic. Nieto said serious damage had been caused and that 1 million customers initially had been without power, but electricity had been restored to 800,000 of them.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said the earthquake was a potential tsunami threat to several Central American countries, including the Pacific coastlines of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica. It said the threat was still being evaluated for Hawaii, Guam and other Pacific islands.
Terrifying footage has captured the moment people run for their lives as an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit a gaming arcade in Mexico. The scary video shows people panicking as the building starts shaking significantly, so loudly in fact, that it is picked up by the camera's microphone. Debris can then be seen falling in from the ceiling as people begin to make a run for it. The person filming the video says: "It's shaking. Oh my God, it's shaking so badly, son of a b****, son of a b****. "Get the f*** out, get the f*** out, get the f*** out. My God."
Hurricane Irma isn't messing around. Make sure you listen to your local authorities and evacuate!
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As Hurricane Irma ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday, Frank Dalmida monitored it closely in Hampton Roads.
He's originally from St. Thomas and still has family there.
"Around 1 or 2 o'clock, I was checking in with a family member that still had connections with us, and he said the winds were picking up, the rain definitely was there, and things were getting worse," he said.
Dalmida said his relatives didn't have cell phone service, but were able to communicate with him through a phone app.
Luckily for his grandmother and uncle in St. Thomas, the storm passed safely.
He said his uncle's house is made of concrete that withheld, and his grandmother lives in a valley, protected by mountains.
"It makes it tough, but we're strong. We're a tight-knit family. We'll get through it," he said.
Hurricane Irma pounded multiple Caribbean islands on Wednesday (Sept. 6), causing massive damage, including on Saint Martin, where it is being blamed for eight deaths, Reuters reports. The small island with a population of roughly 77,000 people has been described by local authorities as “95 percent…destroyed.”
Images released by the Dutch Ministry of Defense (the souther portion of the island is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while the northern region belongs to France) show that the damage is still widespread and devastating.
As Hurricane Irma inches ever-closer to the U.S. mainland, passing over Caribbean islands in its approach, the first hints of its potential to devastate are chilling.
Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, speculated that “95 percent” of Barbuda’s buildings had suffered some sort of damage, ranging from a light battering to total destruction. Browne called Barbuda “barely habitable,” and said that rebuilding will take “years,” in a televised interview on Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS TV).
“What I saw was heart-wrenching… absolutely devastating. I believe the extent of the destruction in Barbuda is unprecedented,” Browne said on ABS TV, after having returned from an aerial survey. He noted the threat of mosquito-borne diseases as a result of the hurricane, and said that he thought “60 percent” of the population was homeless.
“Barbuda is literally a rubble,” Prime Minister Browne said. Browne added that the relief effort was already underway, including two cargo planes from Venezuela that were slated to arrive in Antigua shortly.
Hurricane Irma is flooding parts of the Dominican Republic as it roars by just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti.
Officials said about 500 tourists in the Bavaro-Punta Cana area were moved to more secure shelters just ahead of the Category 5 storm.
Civil Defense Director Rafael Carrasco says a landslide in the Samana Peninsula affected eight houses and more than 2,500 people have been evacuated.
Punta Cana airport has reopened after being closed for several hours.
Haiti's northern coast will be next, but Irma's stronger winds have yet to reach that side of the island of Hispaniola.
The Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos are bracing for impact today as Hurricane Irma powers on after laying waste to the Caribbean and killing ten islands on her deadly path to the US. The category 5 storm - the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic - howled past Puerto Rico with 185mph winds after reducing the tiny tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin to rubble. They suffered the storm's full fury with 95 per cent of properties destroyed on both islands. Officials said at least eight people died on the French part of St Martin - a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife. Barbuda suffered 'absolute devastation' and is 'barely habitable' with more than 90 per cent of dwellings completely destroyed, a child killed and 60 per cent of the population left homeless.
Johanna Hood was about to walk her dog with her children in Hinesville, Georgia, when the weather stopped them in their tracks
Roofs were ripped off buildings and homes were flooded on the islands of St. Barthelemy and St. Martin as the eye of the storm passed overhead.
The French interior minister, Gérard Collomb, speaking on Wednesday afternoon after a cabinet meeting in Paris, said that authorities did not know of any casualties “for the moment.” But he added that the four “most durable” buildings on St. Martin had been destroyed.
“Which means that in all likelihood the more rustic buildings are probably totally or partially destroyed,” he said.
Images from St. Martin show flooded streets and boats tangled in the marina.
Emmy award winning storm chaser, Jeff Piotrowski, just did a gloomy Periscope, warning people to evacuate Florida, saying a storm of this magnitude will lay waste to wherever it hits.
“You don’t want to experience it. I promise you.When your house starts coming apart and your buildings and walls start collapsing, the boards start punching through the house like torpedoes, like missiles — it’s unbelievable what’s going to happen.”
Having experienced some of the major hurricanes in person, Jeff painted a grim picture of roof tops being torn off, both house and hotels, windows blowing out up to 15 to 20 stories highs — power failures and ‘catastrophic’ damage that will take months to repair.
Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record-setting force early Wednesday, shaking people in their homes on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda on a path toward Puerto Rico and possibly Florida by the weekend.
Irma, which was the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded north of the Caribbean and east of the Gulf of Mexico, passed almost directly over the island of Barbuda, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Authorities in the small islands of the eastern Caribbean were still evaluating the situation at first light though there were widespread reports of flooding and downed trees. Antiguan police were waiting until the winds dropped before sending helicopters to check on damage reports of damage in Barbuda. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
"We are glad so far for the good news that we have had so far," Donald McPhail, executive director of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, said early Wednesday as he heard from employees around the region after hunkering down for the night at home in Antigua.
As the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m., phone lines went down under heavy rain and howling winds that sent debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.
In Barbuda, the storm ripped the roof off the island's police station, forcing officers to seek refuge in the fire station and at the community center that served as an official shelter. The Category 5 storm also knocked out communication between islands. Midcie Francis of the National Office of Disaster Services confirmed there was damage to several homes, but said it was too early to assess the extent of damage.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph), according to the Hurricane Center. It said winds would likely fluctuate slightly, but the storm would remain at Category 4 or 5 strength for the next day or two. The most dangerous winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
The four "most solid" buildings on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin have been destroyed as Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in the region, the French government has said.
Serious flooding and building damage has affected a number of islands, French interior minister Gerard Collomb said.
"We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed," he told reporters.
The French government has confirmed there are electrical blackouts and widespread flooding on the islands of St Barthélemy and St Martin.
Irma, a category five "major" hurricane according to US authorities, has wind speeds up to 185mph. The hurricane has become the most powerful ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean, and the US National Hurricane Center has warned of “potentially catastrophic” effects.
Donald Trump said his administration is keeping an eye on the storm as it approaches the US. Irma is likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend.
Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have declared states of emergency.
Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma was a “potentially catastrophic” storm with maximum sustained winds of 285 km/h as it bore down on the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It was centred about 365 kilometres east of Antigua in the late morning and moving west at 22 km/h.
The centre said there was a growing possibility that the storm’s effects could be felt in Florida later this week and over the weekend, though it was still too early to be sure of its future track.
If it stays on track and reaches the Florida Straits, the water there is warm enough that the already “intense” storm could become much worse with wind speeds potentially reaching 362 km/h, warned Kerry Emanuel, an MIT meteorology professor.
“People who are living there (the Florida Keys) or have property there are very scared, and they should be,” Emanuel said.
A tornado whipped up a massive 30ft funnel of hay as it landed in a farmer's field and threw up everything in its path. James Ludlam was on the 300-acre farm near Leicester when he witnessed the spectacle and started to film the action on his mobile phone . It shows ferocious winds swirling the hay up from the ground in a clear cylindrical column and sending it more than 30ft into the air above Cattows Farm in the village of Heather. Although James admits it wasn't strong enough to lift anything heavy up, he believes that if his customer's horses had been grazing on the field it would have caused distress to the animals. The 38-year-old said: "It was a visual spectacle.
New Delhi-A massive landslide on the busy Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway today buried eight vehicles and destroyed parts of three houses and a temple, the police said. No one was hurt in the incident.
"A portion of the cliff opposite the temple near Bhattakufer caved in. Boulders rolled down and smashed six-seven vehicles parked along the highway," a police officer told news agency IANS.
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A photo of a handful of elderly residents submerged in waist-deep flood waters spurred an emergency evacuation of the nursing home Sunday.
Timothy McIntosh's tweeted a photo of the La vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, Texas.
McIntosh took to Twitter looking for any emergency help in the morning and by noon, he tweeted an update saying the residents had been rescued.
Hundreds saw the tweet and thanks to the National Guard and the Galveston City of Emergency crew, the residents were rescued safely.
A Houston rapper has joined the throngs of people who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey but still trying to help fellow Houstonians.
On Tuesday, Houston rapper Trae the Truth joined Fox 26 reporter Rashi Vats on a boat ride through flooded waters in Houston, sharing his experience of difficulties trying to rescue people while staying safe.
"We went to a house. Think there was 14 people in the house and six stayed," said Trae while the boat cruised on flood water. "That's the heartbreaking part."
Trae said he and his colleagues slept in a truck after being forced to evacuate. The rapper added he is doing what he can to help rescue people but notes there's some water too deep to take his truck.
"I don't even know how we prepare for this because there's water everywhere," Trae said. He added that his children were also displaced around the city, pointing in different directions where he believes they're at, hoping they're safe.
FROM RUPTLY - A plane was filmed landing in the Russian city of Sochi with three tornadoes right behind it. Up to twelve tornadoes were spotted off the coast on the same day, and it is the second week in a row that the columns have ripped through the Black Sea.
Following Hurricane Harvey's descent onto Texas shores Friday night, 300,000 residents around the Lone Star state lost power in their homes. Cars were destroyed and washed away, and trees knocked over by violent winds littered abandoned intersections.
Video from Houston before and after Harvey shows devastating flooding, with water concealing some of the surrounding area and deluging highways.
Hurricane Harvey was deemed a Category 1 hurricane by the morning of August 26, 2017 and has been described as the worst hurricane to hit the US mainland in 12 years.
A woman located in Missouri City, Texas filmed a rather large alligator swimming up to her porch from the floodwaters that continue to ravage her state.
Watch as the alligator casually swims up to the fence prior to entering her yard and swimming around near her porch.
Video captures the moment a large chunk of mountain fell down in Bijie city, SW China's Guizhou Province on Monday. No casualties have been reported yet.
According to locals, the Chinese government has been attempting to drill underneath of the mountain in order to house military units. The Chinese government refuses to confirm whether this is accurate or not.
Texas governor says he can’t reach Houston mayor – Mayor Will Not Talk to the Governor – Chicken – Abbott said Sunday he’d called Tuner’s cell phone “several times” to “let him know that, whatever he needs, the state of Texas will provide.” Abbott said he’d yet to hear back.
Catastrophic flooding overwhelming Houston and other parts of Texas will worsen in the coming days and then be slow to recede once Hurricane Harvey finally moves on, the director of the National Weather Service has warned. Louis Uccellini said up to 20 inches (51cms) of rain could fall in the coming days, on top of the more than 30ins (76cms) some places have already seen. He told a news conference that some of the heaviest rainfall on Monday, at a pace of six inches (15cms) an hour, will fall east of Houston in places such as Beaumont and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Mandatory credit: US Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston.Footage captured the US Coast Guard rescuing people from a sinking vessel near Port Aransas, Nueces County, Saturday, as Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate southern Texas. At least 20 people were rescued after the US Coast Guard received distress calls from people aboard sinking vessels. Footage shows helicopters waiting for rescue divers to pull people from the sinking ship 'Signet Enterprise.
One person has been killed by Hurricane Harvey, as footage has revealed the extent of the devastation caused by the powerful storm. The first fatality took place after a house fire in the town of Rockport, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi, according to Mayor Charles Wax. Rockport took a direct hit from the storm, as the streets were flooded with debris and stricken by fallen power lines. Footage also emerged of a barn being tossed into the air in the hard-hit town.