Saint Lucia monitoring Hurricane Irma

Press Release:-The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma which has intensified into a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

According to the St. Lucia Meteorological Services, as at 5 a.m. on Friday September 1, 2017, the centre of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 36.5 West or about 1665 miles or 2680 kilometers east of the Leeward Islands. Irma is moving toward the westnorthwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected by tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest on Saturday.

hurricane irma atlantic 2017 satellite image (noaa)

Hurricane Irma – Aatlantic satellite image (NOAA)


Maximum sustained winds remain near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts and some fluctuation in strength is possible during the next few days. However, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend.

In light of this, NEMO urges residents and visitors alike to closely monitor the progress of this storm and to listen to advisories from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services and NEMO. The public is also strongly encouraged to take the necessary steps to be prepared for any severe weather which may be experienced as a result of this tropical cyclone.


  1. So I say
    September 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Bodiah! Irma behave yourself

  2. Don Bisset
    September 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Visiting St Lucia on vacation next week. Fingers crossed Irma turns away

  3. Humbledbymothernature
    September 3, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Visiting next week—Please stay away Irma.

    1. Anonymous
      September 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Just left St. Lucia that was a close one for us!

  4. Anonymous
    September 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Am in st.Lucia and hopes it turns the next way

  5. Mother Nature
    September 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Reminds me of last years hurricane….was just as interesting. Tropical storm today, hurricane tomorrow. Back to storm…..

    A few youngsters want to experience it. Thrill seekers.

    Science has its limits. 🙁

  6. Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Going on vacation to st Lucia nect week please no Irma

  7. Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Son and fiancée marrying Sunday. Honeymoon in St. Lucia Monday for 6 days🙏

  8. Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Daughter and son-in-law leaving for their honeymoon in Saint Lucia. Please no Irma.
    Prayers for a safe trip!

    1. Jane
      September 6, 2017 at 10:16 am

      My daughter and son in law are there now! Wedding was Saturday. Praying for their safe travel and hope for some relaxation!

  9. Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I hope all of you vacationers and especially honeymooners just keep monitoring the weather. Seems like St. Lucia will receive the bands not the eye but one does not know with Mother Nature. Alert your Travel Planners and maybe put on hold or reschedule if things get bad. But do come to St. Lucia it is so beautiful and romantic.

  10. Tana
    September 5, 2017 at 10:59 am

    arriving in st lucia on 9-16. Hope all is well there

    1. Anonymous
      September 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      I’m suppose to be there sept 10-17 but have travel insurance and am considering rescheduling

      1. Anonymous
        September 7, 2017 at 12:03 am

        No need to

  11. Tricia
    September 7, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I am vacationing there the 9th-22nd and am still going! Fortunately Irma has passed St Lucia – I am sure it might be more rainy than it would have been but other than that we should be in the clear!

    1. Carly Wilson
      September 8, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Hi Tricia We are visiting from Scotland on the 19th for 2 weeks fingers crossed it will all be well when we get there. I hope you have a nice and safe holiday