‘This is a Nuclear Hurricane’: Mayor of Miami Beach warns residents to ‘get out now’ after mandatory evacuations of 100,000 people as Irma heads for Florida – leaving a trail of destruction in her wake

Thursday, September 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Parts of Miami closest to the coast have been ordered to evacuate ahead of Irma
The evacuation is ordered for 9am on Thursday morning, and officials are worried the damage could rival what was seen in 1992 during Andrew
Tolls on all highways have been suspended and evacuation has already begun in the Florida Keys
Locals in Florida have cleaned out grocery stores of key necessities and supplies just days before Irma is expected to make landfall
Florida Governor Rick Scott that gas and more supplies are on the way, after stores and service stations across the state started reporting shortages

7 September 2017

The mayor of Miami Beach has urged tourists and residents to ‘get out’ of the area and officials are considering closing two nuclear power plants as the devastating Hurricane Irma heads for Florida.

Mayors in Miami-Dade and Broward counties issued mandatory evacuation orders starting Thursday morning for barrier islands and low-lying mainland areas in the metro area of 6 million, where forecasters predict the hurricane with winds of 180 mph could strike by early Sunday.

Meanwhile, the location of two nuclear plants in the line of the storm are raising fears of a fallout similar to the Fukushima diastor. While the Turkey Point and St. Lucie power plants are right on the water, officials say they are designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and flooding.

Nuclear is a word being brought up a lot in connection to Irma. In a Wednesday press conference, Miami-Dade Mayor Philip Levine called Irma a ‘nuclear hurricane’ as he said once again that everyone in the mandatory evacuation zones ‘must leave’.

‘I’ll do anything in my power to convince [people] this is a very serious storm. This is a nuclear hurricane. They should leave the beach, they must leave the beach,’ he said.

The evacuation of coastal Miami is the second mandatory evacuation ordered ahead of Irma’s landfall. On Wednesday, there was bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Route 1, from Key West to Key Largo, as visitors and residents alike followed orders to flee the Florida Keys.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has strongly urged his citizens to evacuate if they are asked to do so by local officials, but said the evacuations will not be enforced. That means they won’t be going door to door and arresting people who fail to evacuate.

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