Hurricane Irma Prompts Evacuation Order In Florida
Monroe County, FL – Monroe County has announced that they will be issuing a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors on Wednsday, followed by a mandatory evacuation order for all residents as category 5 Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, according to Local 10.
“If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said. “The sooner people leave, the better.”
“Potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Irma is just hours away from hitting the Caribbean islands at a Category 5 hurricane with 180 MPH sustained winds.
The National Weather Service said that this makes Hurricane Irma the strongest ever recorded hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Carribbean Sea and Gulf Of Mexico.
Computer models show the hurricane hitting Puerto Rico, Antigua, and the Virgin Islands on Wednesday, then moving on to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba on Friday into Saturday. Florida could be hit early Sunday.
The exact path is still uncertain, but the computer models are giving it a high likelihood of hitting Miami. There’s also the possibility that it could head into the Gulf of Mexico towards Texas and Louisiana, or head up the east coast.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency in preparation for the hurricane.
“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott said in a statement.
People have been posting photos to social media of empty store shelves in Florida as people rush to prepare for the hurricane.
If you are anywhere in the potential path of the hurricane, you still have enough time to get items from Amazon Prime. As of the time of this writing they still have water storage, emergency food, weather radios, and portable battery packs for your cell phones.