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 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
This woman describes her concern as the world waits to see what path Irma will continue to take.
This Twitter user notes how fearful she (and likely many others) are of Irma and its potential for destruction.
5Worried For Honeymooners
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
This satellite image shows the small island of Barbuda being completely encapsulated by Hurricane Irma.
7Prayers For Everyone
This Twitter user expresses the sentiments of many as they watch Hurricane Irma unfold.
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.
This Twitter users strongly encourages others to donate to help those affected by Irma, as the storm's impact could be catastrophic.
This tweet notes that nearby islands reportedly lost contact with Barbuda, something which, if accurate, is highly disconcerting.
13Looking For Updates
Many users expressed concern for the seeming lack of information coming out of Barbuda thus far and are fearful for the island's residents.
No word yet from Barbuda.
15Waiting For Daylight
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.