Jeffrey Simmons, Senior Deputy Director at the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, provides an update on Hurricane Irma as of 9:27 Friday the 8th,
The center of Hurricane Irma is forecast to move over or near Ragged Island and between South Andros and Cuba today.
A hurricane warning continues for the entire Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Maximum sustained winds are near 150 miles per hour with higher gusts. Irma is now a category four hurricane on the Safir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category four hurricane during the next couple of days.
Hurricane conditions are occurring over Acklins, Crooked Island and Ragged Island, while tropical storm force are now occurring over Inagua, Mayaguana, Long Island, Exuma, Rumcay and San Salvador. Tropical storm conditions will begin to spread into Eleuthera, Andros and New Providence this afternoon and tonight.
Extensive to severe flooding can be expected as Irma is forecast to produce rainfall amounts of 8 to 12 inches.
More updates will be released throughout the next several days.
While this is a furious storm, please remember that a hurricane can replenish a fishery. There can be incredible fly fishing opportunities after a hurricane as fish are hungry and actively search for food. Higher waters can also flush food from the mangroves onto the flats.
Large scale storms such as Hurricane Irma and Jose can obviously have massive impacts on infrastructure and our lodge partners in these areas. One of the best ways to support them is to book a trip in the coming season.
The Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation has partnered with several lodges in the Bahamas through our Matching Funds Program. When an angler books a fishing trip through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, a portion of the trip cost is donated directly to YDCCF in the name of the client.