Category 5 hurricane IRMA looms, updated forecast track just in

National Hurricane Center official forecast issued at 5 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time

Some fluctuations in intensity are likely to continue during the next day or two, and Irma is expected to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida.

"The back veranda was blown off, which also pulled down part of the wall in one of the bedrooms".

She said he has agreed to open a school to be used as a shelter to house the Jamaicans.

Significant damage is also being reported in the Dutch section.

Joe Ryan from Nenagh and his wife, Claire McAvinchey, have been living on Turks and Caicos for the past seven years and this Thursday had to leave their home for a hotel at Grace Bay in Providencials with their three-year-old son Oisin and new arrival Maebh. Chamberlain said they could find no way off the island after multiple calls to the airliner and embassy. "There weren't. Wednesday we saw there were airlines sending evacuation flights, so we started calling to see if we could get on any of them, and we couldn't".

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"I was thinking the worse", said Justine Kitten.

Lowry said airlines should know how many guests are in affected areas, in theory. Now it's just a matter of getting out of Florida before Irma makes its way there. "Recognizing too that they can't get here".

The former prime minister of the Turks and Caicos, Michael Misick, posted a video of the hurricane hitting the islands on Thursday, September 7. More updates coming around 11 pm tonight here.

"That is probably going to happen in the next few hours", he said. "The structure will hold". But they said it could have been easier with some help.

"With the airport closed there isn't much they can do, but there are [other] Canadians here who just want to come home as soon as it's available".

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