Hurricane Irma Threatens Florida And Georgia
Hurricane Irma’s path has shifted west, with the hurricane expected to hit both coasts of Florida extrmely hard with the hurricane being wider than the whole state.
“If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, leave!” Scott warned Floridians at a news conference Thursday, according to Fox News. “Do not try to ride out this storm … we can’t save you once the storm hits.”
“Look at the size of this storm. It is wider than our entire state,” Scott said. “Every Floridian should take this serious and protect your family.”
At least 500,000 face mandatory evacuation in Florida.
Mandatory evacuation orders were also given to all of coastal Georgia. “I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
10 people in the Caribbean have already been killed by the Category 5 hurricane, which is the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.
The eye of the the hurricane is expected to hit Florida Saturday night to Sunday morning.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez expanded evacuation orders to cover Miami’s downtown.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine referred to the hurricane as a “nuclear hurricane” and told residents to get out.
4,000 National Guard members in Florida have already been activated with all 7,000 to be deployed by Friday.