6) the NHC released several images, including illustrations showing Irma's wind speed probabilities, a timetable of when it's expected to hit the landmasses in its path, the hurricane's wind history and interactive maps showing hurricane warnings.This morning, the NHC also reported that Irma is moving about 16 mph (26 km/h) toward the Virgin Islands, and has wind speeds near 185 mph (295 km/h), with higher gusts.He said in a statement Wednesday that there has been a "tremendous loss of housing and public buildings" in the mountainous island but the full extent of the damage isn't known.The storm struck the country Monday and Tuesday and is now over Puerto Rico. Zinc roofs were already flying and windows were breaking as Maria approached Puerto Rico before dawn, with nearly 900,000 people without power and one tree falling on an ambulance.Here's how to keep tabs on what they post online, so you can keep on top of Hurricane Irma updates.One of the best places to check is NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC), based in Miami.It also shows social media posts related to the storm and other weather.Accuweather is updating its Hurricane Irma page with current stats and maps showing the location of the storm and its projected path. Here are some folks to follow: One user, @EUStorm Map, posted, "Storm surge from #Irma has had a major effect on the Island of St-Martin, this image taken 55 min ago from inside the eye wall!
Laura grew up in Seattle and studied English literature and psychology at Washington University in St.Irma has been raging in the Caribbean for over a week, leaving 1 million people without power in Puerto Rico and killing at least 25. Big Pine Key, Summerland Key and Cudjoe Key in the eye of Hurricane #Irma.Do not venture outside https://t.co/t W4Ke Gd BFb @NWS @NOAA pic.twitter.com/0ql PQq G7Zi — NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 10, 2017 The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a storm surge warning for South Santee River south to Jupiter Inlet, North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Ochlockonee River, the Florida Keys, and Tampa Bay.#TY Chi-Chi" Storm surge from #Irma has had a major effect on the Island of St-Martin, this image taken 55 min ago from inside the eye wall!#TY Chi-Chi pic.twitter.com/OHKk JFYu Kj — #eustorm (@EUStorm Map) September 6, 2017As a senior writer for Live Science, Laura Geggel covers general science, including the environment and amazing animals.