‘This storm will kill you if you don’t get out the way’: Largest evacuation in US history as 5.6 MILLION people are ordered to leave Florida as Irma strengthens to Category Five AGAIN

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in southern Florida by early Sunday morning
Miami is expected to bear the brunt of Irma, a Category 5 storm, clocking 150mph winds
An estimated 5.6million people are under evacuation in Florida and Georgia ahead of the storm
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said residents under evacuation in southern coastal areas need to leave by midnight
Since evacuation orders were issued, there’s been heavy traffic on all northbound highways
The storm has the potential to do $125billion worth of damage when it strikes Miami – and possibly much more
Irma 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 northern coast of Cuba

By Regina F. Graham and Ashley Collman
9 September 2017

The largest evacuation in US history is underway as more than 5.6million people have been ordered to leave Florida before Category 5 Hurricane Irma strikes the Sunshine State.

The state’s Gov. Rick Scott urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible on Friday. He warned those who plan to stay, that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk.

He explained that the biggest concern with the powerful hurricane is the predicted storm surge that will come along with the lashing winds and heavy rains.

Andrew Sussman, the state’s hurricane program manager, said Friday the total of those urged to flee Florida includes people throughout the southern half of the state as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing.

Florida is the nation’s third-largest state with nearly 21million people according to the U.S. Census.

Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State on Sunday. As of 6.30pm ET Friday, the hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami and is now a Category 5 storm.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Camaguey archipelago, just off the northern coast of Cuba, around 11.10pm ET. This is the first Category 5 storm to hit the island since 1924.

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