It is official. Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a statewide state of emergency in preparation for the mega storm Hurricane Irma. She has strengthened to a category 4 storm, with potential to get stronger and make landfall on millions of Floridians.
All 67 counties of Florida are affected by this declaration. Irma is expected to hit Florida on September 10th, however the governor isn’t taking any chances and giving locals plenty of time to prepare.
Right now, this hurricane will stand to be the biggest storm to hit Florida since Andrew in 1992, according to Miami Herald.
“Hurricane Irma is a major life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared,” Scott said in a statement.
‘Scott was briefed by the Florida division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the latest forecasts place Florida in Irma’s path,’ reports ntd.tv.
“Today, given these forecasts and the intensity of the storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida,” Scott said.
“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott added.
The governor encouraged Florida state residents to make a plan for their families and business by visiting FloridaDisaster.org.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center predicts that winds from Irma will begin to reach Florida at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.
Reports of Florida residents have been stocking up on essential goods surfaced on Sunday.
Florida residents have been encouraged to go get supplies by the middle of the week in case the hurricane hits Florida, CBS12 in South Florida reported.
Home Depot manager Jacob Tibbs, in Palm Beach County, said “shoppers are already coming into the hardware store, picking up hurricane items: from generators to water,” said CBS12.
Lets hope citizens of Florida will take example of what happened in Houston, during Hurricane Harvey, and heed all warnings.
Hurricane Irma strengthened into a powerful Category 5 storm on Tuesday, with sustained winds of up to 175 miles per hour.
Americans in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida are stocking up on supplies for a storm that’s expected to hit the Leeward Islands first on Tuesday or Wednesday.