Hurricane Irma could be temporarily devastating to physical gold & silver supplies. Public information including the storm surge map from the Miami-Dade County Emergency Management shows that gold and silver refiners are at serious risk

We have been keeping a close eye on the storm to provide news on the “precious metals” side of Hurricane Irma.

On this map, directly from Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, and it does not look good.

Located here is just one refiner, which also happens to be one of the largest gold and silver refiners in the entire word:



President Trump is now out with a message for all Americans:



Here is what we reported earlier in the week on Tuesday when we asked about the possibilities of a gold and silver physical supply shortage:

First the good news: There is plenty of gold and silver right now available for purchase at great prices.

The bad news is that under the radar, however, Irma could literally cause short term devastation to the physical supply of gold & silver. 

Over the past three decades, all of Florida, and especially Miami and the entire eastern coast, has become a booming area for precious metal refiners.

And Irma is now THE STRONGEST Hurricane ON RECORD:


Here is from a Miami Herald article called “Miami is a magnet for gold“:

Although Miami may have a reputation for glitz and bling, few people realize it is one of the hubs for the nation’s gold trade.

Last year — for the first time — gold was both the top import and export from the Miami Customs District, which includes airports and seaports from Palm Beach County to Key West. But the reality is most of the gold entered and left via Miami International Airport.

More gold arrived in Miami than any other U.S. customs district last year and it ranked third in outbound shipments of gold. The most common routes take the glittery metal from mines in Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru and the gold trading center of Curacao, to Miami and then on to Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the Dominican Republic.

South Florida is home to not only one of the largest precious metal refineries in North America — Republic Metals Corp. in Opa-locka — but it’s also a hub for bullion trading as well as assaying, refining, logistics and financing operations.
A simple “Florida Gold and Silver Refiners” map search shows that, indeed, there are a bunch of refiners all over Florida:
Here is more on Republic Metals:

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, our company was founded in 1980, and has grown to become one of the largest full-service primary precious metals refineries in the world.

Through proprietary green refining technology, we are able to offer the most competitive refining terms in the industry—with higher metal returns and faster settlement times. Our state of the art 150,000+ square foot refinery has an annual refining capacity of greater than 7,000 tons of silver and gold combined.

Throughout its illustrious history, Republic Metals has displayed excellence in precious metals refining in a manner that is considered environmentally friendly, as demonstrated through its long-standing ISO14001 registration. Republic Metals, an ISO 9001: 2015 registered company, holds listings on the LBMA, COMEX, SGE, and SBMA with recognitions for responsible business practices from the Responsible Jewellery Council, Conflict Free Smelter Initiative, and Ethical Alliance. As an LBMA-designated “Responsible Gold Party,” all business conducted by Republic Metals is performed in accordance with its stringent Patriot Act compliance and supply chain policies.

Michael Snyder is reporting that Florida shoppers are panic buying survival preps ahead of Hurricane Irma

As Irma inches closer to Florida, “prepping fever” has hit the public.  Grocery stores and home improvement chains are already being flooded with traffic, and this is only going to get worse the closer that Irma gets.  The following comes from one local news report:

As Hurricane Irma continues to make its way towards a possible strike on the Southeastern U.S., stores in South Florida are beginning to see a rush for supplies.

Several Publix supermarkets were full before noon Monday as residents grabbed water, non-perishable food and other items.

Another local news report noted that essential supplies were already running low at a Home Depot in south Florida.

With Hurricane Irma churning west, many South Florida residents are taking precaution and stocking up on supplies on Labor Day.

A Home Depot in Royal Palm Beach on Monday morning posted a sign that said they were short of some hurricane supplies, including wing nuts, 5-gallon containers for gasoline and 5-gallon jugs of water.

Those that wait until the last minute are going to find that there is nothing left for them.  One resident of Palm Beach Gardens told reporters that the local Wal-Mart in her area is already completely out of water.

“There was nothing at Walmart,” said Bianca Rodriguez of Palm Beach Gardens. “Not even like one thing of water.”

Of course those that have been preparing all along don’t have to run out to the store in a panic.

If Irma hits the United States as a category 4 or category 5 storm, it is going to make history.

Meteorologists are telling us that the United States has not been hit by two hurricanes of at least category 4 strength in the same year in more than a century.

And prior to Hurricane Harvey, a hurricane had not made landfall in this country in about 12 years.

There is still a possibility that Irma could miss us completely, but as CNN’s Tom Sater has noted, “that window is shutting quickly”.

But we’re not talking about panic buying of gold & silver, we are talking about the actual physical supply  importing, exporting, refining, vaulting, transportation, and logistics – all involved in getting gold and silver from raw mine and scrap supply to bar, coin and round products on the market.

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  1. WE will be able to add Florida to Texas where the politicians say they will aggressively prosecute price gouging.  It is way better to have no water or gasoline available, than have someone bring it in and expect a profit from his effort.

    • “It is way better to have no water or gasoline available, than have someone bring it in and expect a profit from his effort.” 


      Come on Mr. Krazsko, everyone knows that America is all about making money, (i.e. paper, or digitals)


      Just make sure that the number is bigger tomorrow than yesterday.

      Well, those days are coming to an end, – the rest of the world is going to demand Real Wealth to be paid for with Real Wealth. Capice?    


      No more paper CRAP. 

       No more Digital CRAP. 

      No more BOND? CRAP.          

      We are going back to a BARTER World where you have to pay your way.           _JLG. 


      Wakey, Wakey. USA. 

    • Sorry, I forgot the Treasury Bill Paper CRAP. 


       We are going back to a BARTER World where you have to pay your way.           _JLG. 
      Wakey, Wakey. USA. 

  2. The effect on PM availability due to the storm will be very temporary ( a matter of 2 or 3 days) and it will be confined to a very small geographic region probably effecting less than 1 in 100 Americans. This article is pure fear porn. Very clumsy and unconvincing fear porn.

    We are going to have to include “Absolutely catastrophic”  along with “Massive spike” as phrases rendered meaningless by SilverDoctor exaggeration.

    • The information is worth considering, but I doubt that any supply interruption can affect the price until manipulation ends. 3 Trillion dollars in the Exchange Stabilization Fund can absolutely hold the price below the next resistance point until the fair market value of a year’s mining  (800 Million OZ) supply is more than 3 trillion (that would be $3000-4000 silver). Fair market  value of silver would be $600-900 tops based on historical parity with the dollar.

      The only way I can see the manipulation ending on its own is if that fund goes away.

  3. All the refining capacity of Florida could disappear completely and it would not affect big picture supply in the least.

    Does anybody believe that all refineries in the world operate at full capacity all the time???

    Silver is a bit different, but with 75 years worth of production above ground, total global gold production could be halted and it would probably take a year or two before supply was affected significantly.

    Most of the supply to Swiss refiners comes from countries that don’t mine any gold at all, like Britain, UAE, even Thailand (which has one small mine that the government closed a year ago, I believe).

    • +++Silver is a bit different, but with 75 years worth of production above ground,

      Not sure what sources you used to arrive at 75 years….unless your count the silver sprayed all over the place in unrecoverable quantities.   More like 6 years global production worth.  Big difference.  The US government once proudly broadcast owning 6 billion ounces….now they have none.

      The physical price and paper price are about to divorce one another.

      Fun times ahead.

    • @RSNTX

      Kindly note that the 75 years production above ground refers to gold not silver.

      I will give you the benefit of the doubt.

      Most of the people on this site are dumber than my dogs.

      However, I explicitly noted that I was talking about gold.

      Have a nice day.



    • @ Faranginkorat

      “Most of the people on this site are dumber than my dogs.”

      As a “pussy” according to this chart I couldn’t resist posting this:-   How Americans See The World.



    • @GBS  Can I just add that to enhance the visuals   CLICK ON THE CHART TO ENLARGE IT.  


      HA HA HA, apart from that I think the rest of the world sees it that way.  


      p.s. @GBS You are getting to be another Mental one with his wicked sense of Humour (or humor- depending on where you come from)  

    • I forgot that under ‘Bombs go here’ there is a place called ‘we get OIL FROM HERE’ until the Russkies & the Chinese & the Indians complete ‘THE SILK ROAD”   –  ‘ONE BELT ONE ROAD’ thingy. 


       ‘THE SILK ROAD”  ‘ONE BELT ONE ROAD’ thingy 

      Funny how almost no-one in the WEST has heard of this.

      Oh well Kims ass is probably BIGGER, LOLOLOLOLOL.  

    • @Faranginkorat………….”Most of the people on this site are dumber than my dogs.”

      If anyone has trouble recognizing Farang’s Einstein dog it’s the one with the name tag.

      Careful that your nose doesn’t tip too far. That refined air up there at times can get pretty thin.

      Besides…………your dog only let’s you win at chess.  🙂


    • @Faranginkorat


      “… but with 75 years worth of production above ground, total global gold production could be halted and it would probably take a year or two before supply was affected significantly.”

      Agreed.  But I would bet real money that it would not take more than a couple of days before nervous nellies were whining about this as if it meant something and prices would be bouncing all over the place.  That seems to be the way of it.


  4. it get even worse Mexico soon to become a official BRICS member ,guess who get their Ag Silver ? China the second largest producer of silver who does not import their Silver but keep it for electronics Audio,Video and Solar, and Peru the 3rd well China been working those mines for twenty year and owns the majority of them.Trump the wall builder ,pardoning Sheriff Joe ,now killing the Dreamers dreams ,calling Mexicans rapist and thieves ..Mexico may just sell directly to China at a higher price than the USA .or trade Gold backed Yuan …

    • Mexico is open to cooperation with the BRICS countries, which comprise Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the president of the Mexican industrial business chamber Canacintra said on Tuesday.
      The potential to work with other regional blocs has taken on even greater relevance for Mexico today, as it seeks to diversify its trade alliances and export markets, said Canacintra chief Enrique Guillen.
      “We are not closed to collaborating with other blocs, least of all now that modernizing has become a priority for our country,” Guillen said in a statement.
      Mexico would do well to forge closer ties with BRICS, as it seeks to bolster its presence within the G20 group of leading economies and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), said Guillen.
      BRICS is considering expanding the bloc to include other economies, such as Mexico, South Korea and Indonesia, among others. An initiative, dubbed “BRICS Plus,” will be discussed at the group’s ninth summit to be held on Sept. 3-5 in Xiamen, China.

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    • Yes China is one of the largest Ag producers in the world. Silvercorp is a Canadian based company with mining operations in the Ying mining district. Now whether they allow silver to be exported I do not know, but find it hard to believe a foreign entity does not do any exporting.

  5. With all these major refineries knocked dead for years, what are they going to do with the low grade metals and ore?  Ship them to the Swiss, who are already running 24/7?  It sounds like if IRMA goes straight up the Florida land mass, already a possible projection, gold and silver prices are going to see significant price increases for many years to come.

  6. “As Irma inches closer to Florida, “prepping fever” has hit the public.”

    Isn’t that always the way of it with these last minute preppers?  These are the folks who sit on their butts for YEARS and then at the last possible minute before disaster strikes they rush out to the stores and clean off the shelves down to the paint.  Sigh.  When the f*** are they EVER gonna learn that sensible prepping is NOT an event but a process?  My guess would be “never” but I am hoping for an alternative to that, even if experience does not support the notion.  :-/


  7. Well, at least we had some good humor here today

    Conspiracy Conspiracy

    Tin Foil hat alert

    Hurricane Irma was manufactured, bought and paid for by the gold and silver refiners and bullion dealers to make sure their entire inventory and facilities were sunk to the bottom of the ocean in the storm surge thus  building a mad rush to precious metals through fear porn, creating enormous shortages and spiking prices by 1000% and in the end cornering the market due to their ability to crush the supply demand ratio.  JPM is financing the storm through offshore derivatives and Dark pool monetary laundering with BIT Coin trading platforms

    Once prices rise, these same people would retreive their inventory from the bottom of the ocean and reap a vast fortune from sale of same.

    Dang I need more coffee  My brain has yet to just start.  Maybe they have some java beans in Bolivia. It’s too cold in Australia.

    PS Trump’s tweets and bloviations are the butterfly effect that starts Typhoons in Japan and 8.1 scale earthquakes in Mexico.

  8. Head for high ground if you are waiting out the hurricane, otherwise head to the Mississippi River, plenty of Motel 6 along the way, even your pets can stay, leave the light on. ps make sure you take your shiny with you, if left at home, it may end up in the Atlantic Ocean. 

    Always the best,

    Central Texan

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