The Concern about Hurricane Irma: Officials Ask Citizens in Florida to ‘Leave Now’

We’ve all heard about Hurricane Harvey that devastated the U.S recently. It inflicted damage to Houston, and with the death toll rising up, maybe the U.S needs a heads up for what’s coming.

Flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that Hurricane Irma will devastate Florida early this Sunday. Irma is set to hit Florida causing parts of Florida to lose electricity for days, if not longer, and more than 100,000 people may need shelter.

“Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long warned at a news conference (CNBC)

The Category 4 storm will mostly be over open water as it heads for the US to hit it with strong wind, rain and waves after battering northern Cuba.

In Cuba, Irma sustained winds of 155 mph and waves of 23 feet high, with possibility of larger numbers in the future.

An image released Wednesday shows severe flooding in St. Martin. (AFP)

Destruction in a street in Gustavia on the French island of St. Barthelemy after Hurricane Irma.

Florida officials asked people not underestimate the power of Irma because it’s the biggest hurricane that has ever hit Florida since 1992. Some citizens who happen to live on the path of the storm have been asked to evacuate.

“If you have been ordered to evacuate, leave now. Not tonight, not in an hour, now,” Rick Scott, governor of Florida added.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma everywhere on the globe.