Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma developed off the west coast of Africa in late August 2017. By the 4th of September, it had developed into a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 m.p.h.

As the hurricane moved west it caused major damage to the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands.

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Charting Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction

path of destruction

“My roof blew off. I lost everything.”

Hurricane Irma – all you need to know (BBC Newsround)

Hurricane Irma: Drone footage shows Saint-Martin devastation 

Barbuda – A paradise lost 

Hurricane causes major devastation in the Caribbean 

Scroll through a series of interactive before and after images of the areas affected here:

before and after irma

Cost of rebuilding Barbuda after Hurricane Irma estimated to be $250 million.

Virgin Islanders still in shelter, six months after Hurricane Irma…


Download basic report template here

Irma template pic


Coverack flash flood

On 18th July 2017, a major flood event hit Coverack on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Coverack location map

Heavy rainfall started falling at around 3pm on the Tuesday afternoon. The storm failed to move eastwards as expected and dumped an unusually large amount of water on the village and surrounding area. In 2.5 hours, 105 mm of rain fell, compared to the usual July average of 62mm. This flowed down towards the village, sweeping rocks and large boulders with it.

Coverack rainfall radar

Water swept down the main road into the village, inundating houses and businesses, before plummeting into the harbour below. A ‘major incident’ was declared as Coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene to airlift residents to safety.

Coverack cascade 1

50 properties were damaged as well as the main road into the village.









Local news report – Part 1

Local news report – Part 2

Additional information and sources:

ITV News reports
BBC News reports