Assessment of the Effects and Impacts caused by Hurricane Irma, The Bahamas 2017
Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane observed in the Atlantic open ocean, maintaining a Category 5 for three days, and made landfall over Turks and Caicos, and later Barbuda, before reaching the southern islands of The Bahamas. It is estimated that 3515 people were evacuated with 133 public shelter used from September 6 to September 10. Hurricane Irma caused moderate damage throughout the country. Most of the damage sustained resulted from excess rainfall, storm surge and flooding. It is estimated that the total damage was $32.2 million of which 40.5 per cent was public and 59.5 was private.