Hurricane Irma path: Florida residents ‘prepare for the worst’ as storm strengthens

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE IRMA has Florida residents preparing for the worst as the tropic storm bears down on a string of Caribbean islands amid fears the category 5 hurricane will strike the USA next.

Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma warnings have been issued as Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida, declared a state of emergency, with “extremely dangerous” winds of up to 175 miles per hour expected to cause devastation, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Irma is expected to make landfall later this week, leaving Governor Scott to warn the state to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best”.

He added: “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared.

“I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC), based in Miami, has told Americans along the hurricane-prone parts of the coast to get an escape plan in place.

The latest NHC update said: “There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend.

“In addition, rough surf and dangerous marine conditions will begin to affect the southeastern US coast by later this week.

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