Vincent Woods
London Express

The US is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has killed at least 45 people and caused flooding and destruction across Texas.

Now with the Atlantic hurricane season continuing, one projection has claimed there is a risk Hurricane Irma could make landfall in the US on September 10, causing devastation to the city as the storm continues to rage into the following day.

Some current projections show the storm landing as a category 3 hurricane, capable of ripping roofs from houses and causing huge waves and storm surges.

But as Hurricane Irma gains in strength there is no guarantee the storm will strike the continental US at all.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said it is “still far too early to discuss impacts on mainland US”.

In a statement the NHC went on to urge residents in potentially affected areas to check with local officials on plans to remain safe.

The projected 116mph winds would make it stronger than Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive storm of 2012 – and the second costliest in US history.

Sandy, which went on to whip up devastating floods in Haiti, caused an estimated £55.1billion ($71.4billion) of property damage in the US alone and led to the deaths of 49 New Yorkers.

It comes as the city prepares to mark the day of the 9/11 terror strike which shook the world.

The day of memorial for both New York City and the world is marked by the “tribute in light” – with two clear beams being projected into the sky from Ground Zero to signify the fallen towers.

The light, believed to be the most powerful ever produced on Earth, reaches four miles into the sky and can be seen for 60 miles around lower Manhattan.

The tribute has gone ahead every year since the horrendous terror attack which claimed the lives of 2,996 people and left 6,000 wounded.

It is currently unclear how the 16th anniversary of the tragic day would be affected by the potential threat of Hurricane Irma.

On Friday the Queen sent a heartfelt message to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has flooded hundreds of thousands of homes in Texas.

She said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation following the recent terrible floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.

“Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to the victims of this disaster, to those who have lost loved ones, and to those who have seen their homes and property destroyed.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”

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