Emergency declarations were made in Florida and Puerto Rico on Monday night as Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a Category 4 storm. While CNN reports that Irma’s path is still uncertain, it’s likely that the storm could affect the U.S. state and territory. "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," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement after declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties in his state.
Officials across the northeastern Caribbean islands also canceled flights, closed schools and urged people to hunker down indoors as Hurricane Irma headed toward the region Monday night. The storm could dump up to 10 inches of rain, cause landslides and dangerous flash floods, and generate waves of up to 23 feet in that region.