Hurricane Irma Heads for Florida

By Paul Riegler on 6 September 2017
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American planes in Miami

American planes in Miami

Recovery efforts are still underway after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, and already another storm is taking aim at the United States. Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 storm, is set to make landfall in Florida and parts of the Southeast on Saturday.

Irma has already set several records, including having had sustained maximum wind speeds of 185 mph (297 km/h) for more than 24 hours, the only Atlantic hurricane to have ever done so.

The storm has already passed through the Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands , causing flooding and massive damages. The storm was set to make landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday night, where winds of 111mph (178 km/h) were already recorded.

Hurricane warnings are currently in effect for Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, Haiti and the southeastern and central Bahamas.

Meanwhile, airports in areas impacted by Irma including Miami International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Key West International, and Orlando International, are already posting delays and cancellations for tomorrow and the following day.

The storm is expected to snarl travel and produce floods along much of Florida’s east coast. Many counties in the state have already begun evacuations, as the hurricane is expected to make landfall by Saturday.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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