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Hurricane Irma , also known as Typhoon Irma , in the Philippines known as Typhoon Isang , and in the Indian ocean known Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Megh , was the longest lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded, as well as the strongest ever recorded. Irma, having developed in the Atlantic on September 18, 2017 before finally dissipating on November 4, 2017, lasted a record breaking 48 days, shattering the previous record held by Hurricane John in 1994. Irma as a Typhoon also obtained a peak of 868mb, making Irma the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in any basin.

Irma was directly responsible for over 2,000 fatalities across the globe. 253 people were confirmed to have lost their lives in Nicaragua, where the storm made its first landfall on September 28. Over 1,000 people lost their lives in the Philippines on October 25 when the storm made its second landfall, and 500+ people lost their lives on October 28 when the storm made its third landfall. Finally, at least 600 people were confirmed dead in India, where the storm made its final landfall. Irma was directly responsible for nearly $18 billion dollars in damages across the world.

A super sized Category 5 Hurricane Irma is moving fast towards northeastern Caribbean island, threatening to hit Antigua, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center calls this storm “potentially catastrophic.” The storm may even hit the US mainland after moving over the Caribbean.

Update (9/11/17; 12:50 P.M.): Hurricane Irma downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday as it caused damage and flooding through Florida. One person in Shark Key, while two people were found dead in Monroe County, which is part of the Florida Keys. Two million people are without power.

Update (9/9/17; 2:24 P.M.): Irma has decreased its intensity after passing over Cuba last night. The hurricane has reduced itself to a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds up to 125 mph. The hurricane is currently moving west at 9 mph, with gusts of wind up to 155 mph. Irma is expected to become a Category 4 storm once it hits Florida tomorrow morning.

I begin this message to you by ensuring you know that we at the Diocesan Office are joining you in prayer,
asking that God spare us from this potential catastrophe called Hurricane lrma. Though we pray, that does not
let us off the hook to be well-prepared both practically and pastorally.

As you lay your groundwork and make arrangements for physical provisions, I want to share with you planning
tools, links and contacts which I hope you will find helpful. Attached to this communication is a “Church
Hurricane Guide” for comprehensive hurricane preparation, developed by Canon Tim Nunez and Mr. Earl
Pickett. lt covers topics such as staying in touch with parishioners, as well as protecting fixtures, insurance
policy information and other valuables. Additional resources similar to the attached guide will be available on
our diocesan website (cfdiocese.org) later this week and can also be found on episcopalrelief.org/usdisaster.

I also remind you that Deacon John Motis is our diocesan disaster relief coordinator and is the person with
whom you should make contact if you need assistance from Episcopal Relief and Development. We have
spoken with Deacon Motis today and he encourages your questions, updates and concerns as Hurricane lrma
unfolds over the next week. Deacon Motis can be contacted via his cell (863-528-4338) or email ([email protected]
83.com) and reinforces that he is here to help however he can.

You’ll find here information about the damage caused by Irma, as well as the efforts and work undertaken to restore the infrastructure and reopen the hotels impacted by the hurricane. Please note that the information below relates specifically to the "Cayos de Villa Clara" tourist hub including Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Las Brujas and Cayo Ensenachos. This information comes from various sources that we consider to be the most reliable possible. However we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

September 6, 2017 – Alert phase
The Cuban Civil Defense headquarters declare the Alert Phase in the provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camagüey, Ciego de Avila and Villa Clara. The hurricane is expected within the next 48 to 72 hours. This "warning phase" triggers the evacuation of the most threatened population to relatives or shelters provided by the authorities, as well as the evacuation of tourists. The latter have either been moved to other regions of Cuba (mostly Varadero) or repatriated to their country by their tour operator.

September 7, 2017 – Alarm phase
The Cuban Civil Defense has raised the level of alert to the Alarm Phase prompting a total ban of traffic and the preventive cut off the electricity grids. State agencies have been instructed to increase security measures to limit the movement of people and vehicles and other potentially life-threatening activities.

Hurricane Irma , also known as Typhoon Irma , in the Philippines known as Typhoon Isang , and in the Indian ocean known Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Megh , was the longest lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded, as well as the strongest ever recorded. Irma, having developed in the Atlantic on September 18, 2017 before finally dissipating on November 4, 2017, lasted a record breaking 48 days, shattering the previous record held by Hurricane John in 1994. Irma as a Typhoon also obtained a peak of 868mb, making Irma the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in any basin.

Irma was directly responsible for over 2,000 fatalities across the globe. 253 people were confirmed to have lost their lives in Nicaragua, where the storm made its first landfall on September 28. Over 1,000 people lost their lives in the Philippines on October 25 when the storm made its second landfall, and 500+ people lost their lives on October 28 when the storm made its third landfall. Finally, at least 600 people were confirmed dead in India, where the storm made its final landfall. Irma was directly responsible for nearly $18 billion dollars in damages across the world.

A super sized Category 5 Hurricane Irma is moving fast towards northeastern Caribbean island, threatening to hit Antigua, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center calls this storm “potentially catastrophic.” The storm may even hit the US mainland after moving over the Caribbean.

Update (9/11/17; 12:50 P.M.): Hurricane Irma downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday as it caused damage and flooding through Florida. One person in Shark Key, while two people were found dead in Monroe County, which is part of the Florida Keys. Two million people are without power.

Update (9/9/17; 2:24 P.M.): Irma has decreased its intensity after passing over Cuba last night. The hurricane has reduced itself to a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds up to 125 mph. The hurricane is currently moving west at 9 mph, with gusts of wind up to 155 mph. Irma is expected to become a Category 4 storm once it hits Florida tomorrow morning.

I begin this message to you by ensuring you know that we at the Diocesan Office are joining you in prayer,
asking that God spare us from this potential catastrophe called Hurricane lrma. Though we pray, that does not
let us off the hook to be well-prepared both practically and pastorally.

As you lay your groundwork and make arrangements for physical provisions, I want to share with you planning
tools, links and contacts which I hope you will find helpful. Attached to this communication is a “Church
Hurricane Guide” for comprehensive hurricane preparation, developed by Canon Tim Nunez and Mr. Earl
Pickett. lt covers topics such as staying in touch with parishioners, as well as protecting fixtures, insurance
policy information and other valuables. Additional resources similar to the attached guide will be available on
our diocesan website (cfdiocese.org) later this week and can also be found on episcopalrelief.org/usdisaster.

I also remind you that Deacon John Motis is our diocesan disaster relief coordinator and is the person with
whom you should make contact if you need assistance from Episcopal Relief and Development. We have
spoken with Deacon Motis today and he encourages your questions, updates and concerns as Hurricane lrma
unfolds over the next week. Deacon Motis can be contacted via his cell (863-528-4338) or email ([email protected]
83.com) and reinforces that he is here to help however he can.

Hurricane Irma , also known as Typhoon Irma , in the Philippines known as Typhoon Isang , and in the Indian ocean known Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Megh , was the longest lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded, as well as the strongest ever recorded. Irma, having developed in the Atlantic on September 18, 2017 before finally dissipating on November 4, 2017, lasted a record breaking 48 days, shattering the previous record held by Hurricane John in 1994. Irma as a Typhoon also obtained a peak of 868mb, making Irma the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in any basin.

Irma was directly responsible for over 2,000 fatalities across the globe. 253 people were confirmed to have lost their lives in Nicaragua, where the storm made its first landfall on September 28. Over 1,000 people lost their lives in the Philippines on October 25 when the storm made its second landfall, and 500+ people lost their lives on October 28 when the storm made its third landfall. Finally, at least 600 people were confirmed dead in India, where the storm made its final landfall. Irma was directly responsible for nearly $18 billion dollars in damages across the world.

A super sized Category 5 Hurricane Irma is moving fast towards northeastern Caribbean island, threatening to hit Antigua, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center calls this storm “potentially catastrophic.” The storm may even hit the US mainland after moving over the Caribbean.

Update (9/11/17; 12:50 P.M.): Hurricane Irma downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday as it caused damage and flooding through Florida. One person in Shark Key, while two people were found dead in Monroe County, which is part of the Florida Keys. Two million people are without power.

Update (9/9/17; 2:24 P.M.): Irma has decreased its intensity after passing over Cuba last night. The hurricane has reduced itself to a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds up to 125 mph. The hurricane is currently moving west at 9 mph, with gusts of wind up to 155 mph. Irma is expected to become a Category 4 storm once it hits Florida tomorrow morning.

Hurricane Irma , also known as Typhoon Irma , in the Philippines known as Typhoon Isang , and in the Indian ocean known Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Megh , was the longest lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded, as well as the strongest ever recorded. Irma, having developed in the Atlantic on September 18, 2017 before finally dissipating on November 4, 2017, lasted a record breaking 48 days, shattering the previous record held by Hurricane John in 1994. Irma as a Typhoon also obtained a peak of 868mb, making Irma the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in any basin.

Irma was directly responsible for over 2,000 fatalities across the globe. 253 people were confirmed to have lost their lives in Nicaragua, where the storm made its first landfall on September 28. Over 1,000 people lost their lives in the Philippines on October 25 when the storm made its second landfall, and 500+ people lost their lives on October 28 when the storm made its third landfall. Finally, at least 600 people were confirmed dead in India, where the storm made its final landfall. Irma was directly responsible for nearly $18 billion dollars in damages across the world.


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