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Hurricane Irma: Updates and Impacts

Posted by Francine Yulo | September 11, 2017

Despite Irma’s downgraded intensity as it moves further inland into the United States, its impact escalated at a steady pace nonetheless. Fortunately, lengthy preparations well in advance managed to mitigate the probability of more extensive damage.


Here’s what we know:

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Current Storm Status:

Operational/Supply Chain Impacts:

  • Ports and terminals in Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Port Everglades and Jacksonville were closed to traffic on Sunday, September 10.
  • ExxonMobil and Kinder Morgan similarly shut down pipelines and fuel terminals in response to Irma’s arrival.

Forecasts:

Humanitarian Efforts:

  • Federal funding has been granted in order to reimburse Florida’s state government and local communities affected by the storm. Over 30,000 additional personnel are currently working towards restoring power.
  • Florida is also set to be provided with enough utility generators through Tuesday, September 26 as part of No Action Assurance.
  • The US Navy has deployed the USS Lincoln to Key West in order to provide emergency services, three more vessels are currently en route to the same location. The National Guard has also been tasked with aiding relief, search, and rescue operations.
  • An estimated 4,600 American troops are assisting relief efforts in the Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico region.
  • A number of logistics non-profits, such as Airlink and Global DIRT Disaster, are working in cooperation with United States government offices in response to Irma in the US Virgin Islands.
  • In the Caribbean, two Royal Navy ships have been tasked with delivering relief supplies. Britain has reportedly pledged US $42M in funds towards assistance and have already sent 10 aid flights since Friday,  September 8.
  • The French are set to deploy one military ship to its territories to be used as a “floating hospital,” carrying supplies and additional helicopters.
  • Corporate donations have also been made in response to Irma, with companies like Apple, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and Verizon making generous contributions.