Florida Governor Rick Scott as warm that the state’s 20 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate Hurricane Irma barreled its way toward the United States Thursday, leaving destruction in its wake across the Caribbean.
This storm is powerful and deadly,” Scott said in a briefing in Palm Beach. “Do not ignore evacuation orders.
“Remember, we can rebuild your home — we can’t rebuild your life,” he added. “All Floridians should be prepared to evacuate soon.”
Business Insider report that,Florida is gearing up for a direct hit from Irma, a Category 4 hurricane that’s packing winds of over 140 mph and has already steamrolled several Caribbean islands. Parts of South Florida are under hurricane and storm-surge warnings as of Friday morning, with surges of 5 to 10 feet expected.
“This storm is wider than our entire state and is expected to cause major and life-threatening impacts from coast to coast,” Scott said. “Regardless of which coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate.”
National Weather Service reported that,”Irma is a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards to the northern coast of Hispaniola [Thursday], the Turks and Caicos [Thursday night] and the Bahamas [Thursday night] through Saturday,”
Scott has ordered mandatory evacuations in Monroe County, the location of the popular Florida Keys, as well as much of Miami-Dade County and other low-lying and coastal counties in the state. The mandatory evacuation order extends to more than 1 million Floridians and could be one of the largest evacuations in the state’s history, according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Irma is expected to make landfall early Sunday morning, and Scott has ordered 7,000 National Guard members to assist with rescue and relief efforts.
“Obviously, Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States,” Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said on Friday, Business Insider added”.
” Florida Governor Rick Scott said Thursday in a news conference, according to CNN.regardless of which Florida coast you live on, be prepared to evacuate “This is not a storm you can sit and wait through. We can’t save you after the storm starts.”