Irma is getting ready to make landfall off the west coast of the Florida keys as a category 3 hurricane, downgraded from a category 5 during it’s land fall over the Caribbean where it took 21 lives. Irma has already taken the life of one local resident.
Florida issued a state of emergency in preparation for the damage Irma will cause throughout the state. Governor Rick Scott stating “This is a life-threatening situation.” Winds are expected to reach up to 120 MPH causing catastrophic damage, many local residents have evacuated or are currently doing so. Since the beginning of the attempt to evacuate about 35% of the state, residents have been plagued with many difficulties from running out of gasoline to finding ways to transport hospital patients and the elderly in the midst of clogged highways.
This storm is the strongest the United States has seen in over a century, So far the storm has knocked out power to about two million local homes and businesses, officials warning that Irma’s winds could bring floods of up to 15 feet.
- Irma will make landfall off the coast of Fort Myers around 8:00 PM as a category 3 hurricane.
- During landfall over the Caribbean as a category 5 hurricane it took 21 lives.
- Irma already took the life of 1 local resident.
- Winds are expected to reach up to 120 MPH.
- Floods of up to 15 feet are to be expected.
- State of emergency issued.
- About a third of the state ordered to evacuate.
- Most already evacuated or are in the process of doing so.
- Residents have been met with many difficulties in evacuation and preparation for the storm.
- The storm has knocked out power to about 2 million local homes and businesses.
- 3 Deaths have now been reported.
- Irma downgraded to a category 2 hurricane.