State of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean

State of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean

The storm has become a category 5 hurricane (Credit: Twitter @TruthinGov2016)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Less than one week after Storm Harvey devastated areas of southern Texas, a new hurricane has resulted in a state of emergency declared in Florida. 

Hurricane Irma, which began as a tropical wave off the coast of Africa, has strengthened to become a category five hurricane over the warm waters of the Caribbean. 

In response, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has declared a state of emergency across the entire state, despite the trajectory of the storm not fully being known.

He called for "timely precautions" to be taken to protect the state's infrastructure and welfare, and said that US President Donald Trump had pledged to support citizens in Florida. 

The governor made it clear people can't afford to not be prepared.

Several islands in the Caribbean - Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Leeward Islands - have issued hurricane warnings and are preparing to deal with the storm.

With winds of 175 miles per hour, Irma has become the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Hurricane Felix in 2007. 

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