‘Irma will be truly devastating’: 1.4m terrified Floridians and Georgians are ordered to abandon their homes as FEMA warns ‘majority of people will have never experienced hurricane like this’

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Meteorologists are now predicting that Miami will bear the brunt of Hurricane Irma when it hits the mainland
1.4 million people are now under evacuation in Florida and Georgia
Floridians are sitting in hours-long traffic jams to head north for shelter before the storm
The storm has the potential to do $125billion worth of damage when it strikes Miami – and possibly much more
Category 4 storm has caused devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 24 and leveling entire islands
Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with over 90 per cent of buildings wrecked
The storm is currently battering the northeastern coast of Cuba

By ASHLEY COLLMAN
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 September 2017

Apocalyptic scenes are playing out across the Sunshine State, as more than a million people flee Hurricane Irma’s wrath.

In the usually bustling city of Miami, the streets and beaches are eerily empty and businesses boarded up.

Meanwhile, Floridians sit in hours-long traffic jams on all roads leading north to seek shelter with friends and family.

An estimated 1.4million people have been given mandatory orders to evacuate in Florida and Georgia, and that number is expected to grow as the storm approaches. Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for all of the counties in the southern tip of Florida and for most all the way up the east coast. Residents in the coastal areas of Georgia, including Savannah, are also under evacuation.

The latest forecasts show the storm making landfall just south of Miami Sunday morning, but dangerous winds and storm surges could start as early as Saturday night.

It’s then expected to track directly up the state, crossing the state line into Georgia early next week.
Irma weakened slightly Friday, from a Category 5 storm to a Category 4 storm, but remained a dangerous and deadly hurricane threatening to deliver a blow Florida hasn’t seen in more than a decade.

As of Friday afternoon, Irma was clocking sustained winds of 150 mph and is forecast to remain at Category 4 when it comes ashore.

‘Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States,’ Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator (FEMA), said at a Friday press conference. ‘We’re going to have a couple rough days.

The storm killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean and left thousands homeless as it devastated small islands in its path.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued hurricane warnings for South Florida and the Keys late Thursday night and a storm surge has also been issued for the same area.

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