Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record blew past Puerto Rico Wednesday night. It hit the island with powerful winds and flood level rains. The storm is threatening the U.S. territory, already stressed economically, with massive destruction.
The storms center, which was sending hurricane-force winds around 50 miles, was north of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, around 11:00 p.m. That was about 85 miles away. Winds were steady at 55 mph, with gusts reaching 70 mph. The gusts bowed trees, stranded tourists at their hotels, and knocked the power out. The eyeball did not make landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center. That was due to the storms counterclockwise spin. But the island could be looking at hard rains and high speed winds for hours. The rains could reach up to 20 inches.
While Irma could take a number of directions, the U.S. southeast is preparing for the worst. Currently, the track of the storm is heading towards South Carolina.
By Cletus Dillwood