Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Maria devastates Dominica, heads to Puerto Rico

hurricane Maria
Dominica is the latest Caribbean island to suffer at the hands of a Category 5 hurricane.


The tiny, mountainous, volcanic island - home to about 73,000 people - felt the full force of Maria around 01:00 GMT on Tuesday. Sustained winds were in excess of 250 kilometres per hour (km/h).

This is the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Dominica in records stretching back to 1851. The last time the island suffered a major hurricane was in 1979 when Hurricane David was responsible for the deaths of 40 people.

On the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, Category 5 winds cause "catastrophic" damage: "A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse … most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months."

There are no wind reports to back up these satellite-derived winds, as wind anemometers across the island ceased reporting before Maria's landfall.

Dominica was extremely unlucky to suffer a direct hit from Maria, as this is a much smaller cyclone than Hurricane Irma, which devastated other parts of the Caribbean earlier in September.
  [aljazeera.com]
 19/9/17
-

No comments:

Post a Comment

Only News

EL News

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Geo Kok στις Πέμπτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2021
Δημοσιεύτηκε από Geo Kok στις Παρασκευή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2021
Δημοσιεύτηκε από Geo Kok στις Πέμπτη, 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2021
Blog Widget by LinkWithin