Hurricane Irma upgraded to category 5 – On path to Florida!
Hurricane Irma – While the US is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, another hurricane is on its way towards the southeast coast. Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm and its current path is taking it across Antigua, the Virgin and Caribbean Islands, before turning towards the Dominican Republic, Cuba – and then southern Florida this week.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida has already declared a state of emergency for the state. The last Category 5 Hurricane to make landfall in Florida was Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago. The storm destroyed more than 25,000 homes, damaged 100,000 others and directly killed 15 people, according to USA Today.
If the storm continues on the same path and holds its present strength, with up a potential of up to 320km per hour winds, the destruction could destroy parts of Florida. It is estimated that Hurricane Irma could be approaching the Florida Keys by this Saturday. Let’s hope the present predictions for Irma proves to be wrong – but the data to date is not encouraging.
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