HURRICANE SEASON 2017
The 2017 hurricane season is causing unprecedented levels of destruction across the Caribbean. It has already devastated the lives of millions of people, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and displaced.
Irma, a category 5 hurricane, the most powerful ever recorded over the Atlantic. It wrought havoc on many of the Caribbean islands, with maximum sustained winds of 296 km/h and deadly waves.
Irma was swiftly followed by Hurricane Jose, which affected Antigua and Barbuda. And just days later, Hurricane Maria, a category 3 hurricane, threatened areas affected by Irma and Jose. Maria is gaining force and has already had a devastating effect on Dominica and Puerto Rico.
OCHA continues to work with humanitarian partners and local governments throughout the region to ensure the most urgent needs are met.
Tropical Storm Maria has been upgraded to a category 3 hurricane as of Monday 18 September. It constitutes a potential threat to the area previously affected by Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Maria continued moving west-northwest over the Caribbean Sea, gaining force. Its center passed south of St. Croix island (US Virgin islands) early in the morning of 20 September. It then continued moving towards Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 270 km/h. It is forecast to make landfall along Puerto Rico, near Yabucoa city at around 12 UTC on 20 September.