Irene, the potentially deadly hurricane, is streaking along the pacific ocean gaining considerable strength.
After a violent earthquake topping Virginian records hit on Tuesday at around 1pm local time (6pm BST), it seems not much is going right with the Americas. The tremor was felt as far away as New York and Washington, and the White House and the Pentagon were evacuated in case of prolonged vibration.
The picture to the right shows the havoc already caused to the Turks and Caicos islands, where it was only a 2 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, a classification for western hemisphere tropical cyclones used primarily to tell the potential damage. The highest recorded wind speeds have already topped 100 miles per hour and US meteorologists suspect that it wont die down soon. It is approximately 400 miles from the main administrative center of the Bahamas, Nassau, where the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is located and 70% live.
Within the next 48 hours, the hurricane could become “a major threat” to the islands of the Bahamas and further north, the state of Florida. The projected path covers first the Bahamas and Florida, where it could strengthen into a category 3 hurricane, then to the east coast of America and then Mexico.
Our hearts are with those affected and we hope that the hurricane causes little, if any, damage. If you are in a hazardous zone, please take the time to prepare, because in the event of emergency, we do not wish for you to be in any trouble!
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