WRMI prepares for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds at 185 mph. (Image: NOAA.gov)

(Source: WRMI on Facebook)

Hurricane Irma:

Thank you to all of our listeners who have inquired about our hurricane plans. At the moment (early Wednesday local time), it appears that the eye of Hurricane Irma will come right over or very close to Okeechobee by Sunday or Monday.

We will stay on the air as long as possible and as long as it’s safe. Our transmitter building is quite prepared to withstand most hurricanes, and our antennas have survived many hurricanes in the past with little damage.

However, electrical power generally goes out during or after most strong hurricanes, and our generator will only power our lights, computers and air conditioning. Unfortunately we don’t have enough generator power to operate 14 x 100-kilowatt transmitters. So if the power goes out, we are off the air.

We may have enough power to maintain one frequency on the air even during a power outage, and it looks like this will probably be 9455 kHz.

At the moment, our Internet is down, but we hope it will be back up soon, although it could go out again later. We’ll keep you informed as best we can. Thanks again for your interest.

The current hurricane model does show Irma heading straight toward Okeechobee:

Here’s wishing WRMI the very best weathering this monster of a storm. Let’s also hope any SWLing Post readers in the path of Irma make it through without any problems.

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3 thoughts on “WRMI prepares for Hurricane Irma

  1. Martin Rapchuk

    Best wishes to Radio Habana Cuba broadcasters and technicians. No hurricane can keep the voice of peoples democracy and freedom off the airwaves.

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  2. John

    Best of luck to WRMI. I manage the radio program “VORW Radio International” and my shows go out on many of their transmitters. Being located in Florida myself, I might have to evacuate from this storm depending on how things look.

    Let’s hope WRMI emerges from this storm unscathed!

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