31 Hurricane Irma Tweets That Emphasize The Storm's Intensity As It Makes Landfall
Hurricane Irma has just made landfall on the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda, with many reports indicating that the eye of the storm passed directly over the island. Understandably, many people are very concerned about the storm's impact on the tiny island, as well as by what impact the storm will have on other Caribbean islands and possibly the United States. This concern is exemplified in many of the recent tweets about Hurricane Irma.
Twitter users have begun sharing some of the very few updates available thus far from Barbuda. Additionally, many users are expressing horror and shock at the size and scope of the storm, which is reportedly one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic.
Many users have indicated that their friends and relatives reside in areas possibly in the storm's upcoming path, including the rest of the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, as well as Florida and other U.S. states. They have expressed extreme concern for their welfare, especially considering how strongly the hurricane seems to have impacted Barbuda, and are wondering how exactly they can help those still awaiting the storm's arrival.
Hurricane Irma is clearly a very powerful storm and, unfortunately, its complete trajectory and full impact is still very much unknown. In the meantime, those on Twitter are seeking comfort among others as well as sharing storm updates and information.
1Eye Of The Storm
The impact of very large storm like Irma could be devastating for the tiny island of Barbuda.
A local reporter for ABS TV in Barbuda is attempting to shoot a segment as Irma arrives. The wind is powerful. Shared by ABS pic.twitter.com/mKSb8crubb— Robin Seemangal (@nova_road) September 6, 2017
A video clip from a local television staton in Barbuda reveals terrifyingly high winds and significant rain as the storm arrives.
3Wondering Where Irma Will Hit
Wide awake wondering about Irma and where she will hit. We are evacuating tomorrow. I am so scared— Michele Miller (@mishka1599) September 6, 2017
This woman describes her concern as the world waits to see what path Irma will continue to take.
There's really only been one satellite image of a hurricane that scared the ever-living crap out of me: Katrina. Irma makes her look tiny. 🙁— Rachel L (@britus89) September 6, 2017
This Twitter user notes how fearful she (and likely many others) are of Irma and its potential for destruction.
5Worried For Honeymooners
My bro & new bride are stuck in St Martin on their honeymoon 😱 So horrified right now.— Elle Tee (@ElleEmEyeTee) September 6, 2017
This woman notes that her brother and his wife are stuck on the popular tourist island of St. Martin, which unfortunately seems to be directly in the hurricane's path.
6Eye Over Barbuda
Island of Barbuda getting hammered. Direct hit, island entirely within eyewall an hour ago, now getting slammed by other side of eyewall. pic.twitter.com/zimQ6H9rL6— Patrick Coady (@dangwhat48) September 6, 2017
This satellite image shows the small island of Barbuda being completely encapsulated by Hurricane Irma.
7Prayers For Everyone
Prayers for Barbuda...Prayers for anyone in the path of Hurricane Irma...— . (@JamieJeannette) September 6, 2017
This Twitter user expresses the sentiments of many as they watch Hurricane Irma unfold.
I can't fucking sleep, I can't sleep knowing the people of Barbuda are being hit right now by Irma. My heart and prayers go out to everyone.— m (@phunkmami) September 6, 2017
This woman is so worried, she can't sleep.
9As Strong As An Earthquake
This Twitter user notes that Irma is reportedly such a strong storm that it is registering on earthquake-detecting seismometers.
10The World Must Help
This Twitter user notes that people need to be prepared to help others in the wake of Irma, just as they did (and are continuing to do) following Hurricane Harvey.
Let's pray for all those in the path of #HurricaneIrma. It's going to be devastating to so many people. Let's keep donating to help out. 🙏— Santiago Sullivan (@dosojossantiago) September 6, 2017
This Twitter users strongly encourages others to donate to help those affected by Irma, as the storm's impact could be catastrophic.
Multiple people both in Antigua and surrounding islands reporting no contact with Barbuda for 90 minutes. Terrifying if true.— Robin Seemangal (@nova_road) September 6, 2017
This tweet notes that nearby islands reportedly lost contact with Barbuda, something which, if accurate, is highly disconcerting.
13Looking For Updates
Do you have any update on the people of #Barbuda? Prayers they are surviving this devastation.— SheriH/gab.ai (@SheriHerman10) September 6, 2017
Many users expressed concern for the seeming lack of information coming out of Barbuda thus far and are fearful for the island's residents.
There are no communications coming from Barbuda, no certainty of how powerful Hurricane Irma's destruction is. Will see in the coming hours!— G (@Gjoneto) September 6, 2017
No word yet from Barbuda.
15Waiting For Daylight
People in #Barbuda aren't going to know the real extent of damage until daylight-I can assure you they're more anxious than y'all on twitter— The Invisible Man (@invisibleman_17) September 6, 2017
Unfortunately, Irma hit Barbuda in the middle of the night, rendering conditions even more challenging for its residents and meaning that the full extent of Irma's destruction will not be known until daytime.
This man commends the brave "hurricane hunters" who fly planes through storms in order to better understand and track their movement and intensity.
As for Global Warming, I think we are far worse off then we initially thought. The signs in the weather change are all there. Irma is huge.— Writer C.C.Allentini (@ccallentini) September 6, 2017
This Twitter user speculates that the preponderance of significant hurricanes lately may be a sign of worsening global warming.
18Irma Vs. Katrina
Having experienced Hurricane Katrina while in the Caribbean, this woman believes that Irma's trajectory is unfortunately even more alarming.
19Look After Your Pets
This woman reminds those in the storm's path to take care of their animals, as well as themselves.
Irma is the first hurricane I'm actually really scared about— Emily Davis (@eemilyedavis) September 6, 2017
This Twitter user describes her profound fear of Irma, something which many are likely feeling.
21Donate To The Red Cross
This woman encourages others to donate to the disaster relief organization to help provide as much funding and as many provisions as possible as the world waits to find out the impact of Irma.
22If You Need Help ...
This Twitter user encourages those seeing assistance to let others on Twitter know what they need.
23Nowhere To Go
This Twitter user highlights the terrifying prospect of facing a hurricane while on an island.
Does anyone have any updates on Barbuda I'm going through the hashtag but i can't find any updates on the people I'm so worried— caitlin (@Caitlin_Dwight) September 6, 2017
This woman, like many users, is looking for updates on the welfare of Barbuda's residents, as little information is currently available.
25Bird's Eye View
The satellite image of Irma demonstrates its alarming power and size.
This Twitter user notes that they will not sleep until they know that those in the Caribbean are safe.
This woman shares a scary picture that reportedly shows what Irma looks like from the inside of a plane that is flying through the storm.
28Protect Us All
As we pass thru hurricane Irma at category 5 here on St.Maarten, I ask you God for protection over us all, Amen.— Nelva (@Trusouljah39) September 6, 2017
A woman seemingly on the island of St. Martin asks for God's protection as the hurricane approaches.
29Incredibly Strong Winds
This Twitter user makes note of the incredible (and terrifying) strength of the winds in Barbuda as Irma hit.
30Don't Want To Think The Worst
The lack of communication from #Barbuda could be due to equipment being destroyed, with residents being alive. Don't want to think the worst— Hurricane Watcher (@GodlessNZ) September 6, 2017
This Twitter user hopes that the lack of communication from Barbuda thus far means that equipment is damaged but that residents are still safe.
Overall, sadly Irma is still unfolding and could continue to impact a variety of places throughout the Caribbean and the United States. These tweets exemplify the concern and fear many are feeling as Irma makes its way through the Caribbean and demonstrate the storm's terrifying power. Hopefully those in Irma's path are staying safe and know that many are thinking of them and are ready to help after the storm passes.