Hurricane Irma So Strong It's Registering on Seismic Instruments

Kristopher Drake
September 6, 2017

The governor added, "The challenge here is the sequence for making decisions as the storm approaches requires us to make some decisions perhaps before we know whether the storm is going to turn to the north and stay out of the Gulf".

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Irma is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour (24 km/h). On Monday, Scott declared a state of emergency in all of Florida's 67 counties.

Puerto Rico's governor is also saying that the effects of Irma could be catastrophic while calling the storm potentially more devastating and risky than Hurricane Harvey, which slammed southern Texas in August, killing some 60 people and causing tens of billions of dollars in property damage.

GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted Tuesday that Trump "offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma".

Officials in Florida have begun urging people to leave certain areas that could take a direct hit from Irma. Even worse, the NHC said there's an increasing chance the storm will slam into Florida.

But the question does not appear to be whether Irma, now a Category 5 with maximum winds of 185 miles per hour, will hot Florida, but where?

The strongest storm ever recorded in the entire Atlantic Basin was Hurricane Allen (Gulf of Mexico) in 1980, with winds of 190 miles per hour.

"At this point in the game when a storm's bearing down on us, we would say get out there and do the best you can to make the last minute preparations you need to", Judge said.

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

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica, as well as the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engao to Isla Saona and for Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince.

The City of Miami advised residents living in buildings next to a construction crane to evacuate in the event Irma hits South Florida as a category 5 hurricane. Irma is moving toward the U.S. Mainland and landfall is expected this weekend.

"I'm fully confident in our preparedness, should it land here", he said. He called out the first units of the National Guard and has 7,000 personnel on orders to report Friday.

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