Hurricane Irma: What Florida, the Caribbean look like ahead of big storm

Randolph Lopez
September 6, 2017

The storm's winds have already topped 180 miles per hour, according to Newsweek, generating noise and chaos as the storm bears down on the Caribbean.

Just as people are done focusing on Irma, Tropical Storm Jose is following up behind on a similar path. Jose officially became a tropical storm on Tuesday before noon with winds of 40 miles per hour.

The Montreal-based airline said late Tuesday it was sending 10 aircraft to the Caribbean nation - seven to Punta Cana, two to Puerto Plata and one to Samana.

Irma's eye is expected to pass about 50 miles from Puerto Rico late on Wednesday.

Trump "offered the full resources of the federal government as we get ready for this major storm", Scott told the Sun-Sentinel.

The flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma will likely increase as it churns close to Florida.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez of Miami-Dade county warned residents to be prepared to voluntarily evacuate Miami Beach and much of the county's coastal area, beginning as early as Wednesday evening. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is warning that Irma could potentially be catastrophic, with winds whirling at 180 miles per hour - so strong that they are showing up on natural disaster monitoring equipment.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma was a Category 5 storm, the most severe designation, meaning its sustained winds of more than 230 kilometers per hour (143 mph) will severely damage homes, uproot trees and power poles and knock out power in affected areas for weeks.

Irma could become the first major hurricane classified as a category 3 or higher to make US landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

At 11 pm Atlantic Standard Time on Tuesday, Irma was about 80 km from the Leeward Islands. "We hope that doesn't happen".

A catastrophic strike on Florida would add to the challenges faced by FEMA, which is already helping parts of southeast Texas clean up and fix damage from Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that hit August 25 and dropped a record amount of rain.

"It's not too early to take precaution from this one", said Mark Harrell, director of the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

As Hurricane Irma raged into a category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a warning to residents on Tuesday, urging them to prepare for the worst.

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