Florida Governor Rick Scott has recently declared a state of emergency in the state as Hurricane Irma is now a Category 4 storm! Could it really make its way to Florida?
Scott told Fox News that the state would be preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. This state of emergency has been issued for all 67 counties in Florida. Irma is expected to hit the states around Florida.
I have declared a state of emergency for every FL county to help state, federal and local governments work together as we prepare for #Irma.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 4, 2017
Officials are now saying that the storm could dump up to ten inches of rain and unleash landslides as well as dangerous flash floods. Waves could even be generated that come well around 23 feet as the storm itself comes closer. If Hurricane Irma meets Florida it will be the first time in 102 years according to KOCO that 2 Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the US within the same year let alone so close together as it is.
Puerto Rico has also declared a state of emergency as of Monday. They believe the storm will hit there on Wednesday so any and all preparations are being made currently. For more information on that click here.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 4, 2017
As of 11 p.m. Monday, Irma was about 410 miles east of Leeward Islands. With winds as high as 140 mph headed west at around 13 mph. Computer models are showing the system moving through the Caribbean and turning right toward the North by the end of the week says CNN weather anchor Tom Sater. There is, however, a small window that could be enough for the storm to slide by the East Coast into the ocean but that window is closing according to Sater. Irma could easily still become a Category 5.
For more information on this please check out the video below. If you live in or around Florida please be prepared, anything could happen. If Irma does hit Florida this will be a catastrophe.