Nations lean on Pacific Disaster Center to prepare for dangerous Hurricane Irma

University of Hawaiʻi
Chani Goering, (808) 495-3865
Communications Manager, Pacific Disaster Center
Posted: Sep 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Estimated Wind Impacts (Bahamas)
Hurricane Irma - Estimated Wind Impacts (Bahamas)
Hurricane Irma - Estimated Impacts
Hurricane Irma - Estimated Impacts

Kihei, HI—Already deadly, Hurricane Irma, is raging as a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic. Forecast to hit the Florida coast within just a few days as one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded Atlantic history, Irma continues to pack record-breaking maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts of up to 224 mph.

To support the countless local, national and regional responders, the University of Hawai‘i managed Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is working around the clock to produce analytical products and reports through its state-of-the-art impact models and DisasterAWARE technology.

“Irma presents an extraordinary threat to the people, communities and economies in the path of the storm. This is the key reason PDC exists today—to help mitigate these threats before they happen and to provide real-time information to emergency managers so they can help protect and support the most vulnerable populations,” said PDC’s Tim Manning, senior advisor and former deputy administrator of FEMA.

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