Even the meteorologists admit that Hurricane Irma is the strongest among the tropical cyclones coming from the Atlantic Ocean. With its brunt looming onto Florida, the hurricane has set havoc into the US state come Sunday.
Irma has become a hurricane since eleven days ago. From recent history, it has outlived Atlantic Hurricane Ike from 2008. From Category 5, it became a Category 4 midway. It further slowed down to become a Category 3 hurricane in its path towards Miami. The Category 3 storm, Irma has maximum sustained winds at 120 miles per hour. However, it has the potential of picking up speed and going to become Category 4 again before it lands.
Strike in Florida
In the wake of Sunday, the coasts of Florida were already experiencing the rise in water levels. However, just recently, massive storm surges have occurred in those areas. Evacuations were for people living near the coasts. On Saturday, Governor Rick Scott has made an ultimatum that “once the storm starts, (the) law enforcement cannot save you.”
Moreover, electrical posts have already been knocked down with live wires out there. Currently, over 300,000 homes have lost their power as to avoid electrical consequences. These include towers knocked down and the peril brought by live wires.
The track of the storm is more on the west coast of the Florida. However, it’s not like the east coast is any safer. The storm has a forecasted path from Miami on Sunday morning to Tampa on Sunday night. By the next Monday morning, the Hurricane Irma will be at Jacksonville and will probably exit Florida before the evening. Its track is northwards and will hit the states of Alabama and Mississippi. However, as the storm stays longer on the land, there’s a huge chance that it will slow down until it vanishes.
Getting Out of Florida
About seven million people have evacuated to neighboring states like Georgia, South Carolina, etc. Florida is the home to 21 million inhabitants. Also, about 50,000 are currently in the evacuation shelters in the state to wait out the storm.
Furthermore, the state government described the hurricane to be life-threatening. But some residents have chosen to stay put in their homes. Their homes may be made of cement, but they said that they’re going to ride the storm out. They don’t want to risk traveling to get out of Florida and run out of fuel once the storm starts.