Hurricane Irma Prepares to Strike Florida
**UPDATE 1:00 PM CT**
Hurricane Irma continues on it’s path to the Florida Keys, Cuba and potentially to hit Georgia and the Carolinas next week. Irma has devastated the Caribbean and although it’s being marked down to a Category 4 hurricane it’s still going with a lot of force and could become the largest hurricane to ever strike the mainland. The last major hurricane in the area was Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. Irma is shaping up to be larger and has already had a higher recorded wind speed of over 180 mph at it’s peak. Andrew destroyed 63,000 homes, cost the area $26.5 billion, and killed 65 people. South Florida is preparing for the worst and Irma could strike as early as Saturday.
With the disastrous damage of Hurricane Harvey just recently devastating a large chunk of Houston, another hurricane threat is on the horizon with Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma has moved up to a Category 5 hurricane and has already hit parts of the Caribbean, heading toward Puerto Rico and could hit the Florida Keys.
Category 5 is the highest threat level a hurricane can have. With over 185 mph winds Hurricane Irma may be the most powerful Atlantic storm on record. Hurricane Irma is moving through the Caribbean heading to Puerto Rico and could hit the Florida Keys by this weekend. While it’s registered Category 5, by the time it hits Florida some momentum would be lost and lowered down to a Category 4.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Wednesday during a press briefing issued a mandatory evacuation plan for all visitors to the Florida Keys. Residents of the Keys will be forced to evacuate Wednesday night. The path of the hurricane is underway, but statewide damage could soon ensue. Gov. Scott, Mayor Barbara Sharief and National Guard members are encouraging everyone to prepare.
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