Hurricane Irma rears her head

I am watching the news open-mouthed as Hurricane Irma, like an engine out of control, is wreaking havoc over the Caribbean. The category five hurricane has not just gusts but sustained wind speeds of 185mph and has all but decimated the small island of Barbuda on its path across the Caribbean towards Florida: Hurricane Irma Hurricane paths…

Preparing for the storm

Hurricane Matthew may have been downgraded to a category 4 tropical storm but, with persistent winds of up to 150mph expected, Jamaica, Cuba and especially Haiti in the Caribbean are getting ready for potential disaster with both flooding and mudslides predicted in the wake of the storm.  Storm shelters are being erected, water and supplies are…