Florida Orders Evacuations in Anticipation of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 5 storm on Tuesday as it  continues along a path which could strike the Virgin Islands, Puerto  Rico and Florida, where evacuation orders are being issued in several  southern counties. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports that Irma  has sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and is currently approaching  the Caribbean islands.

The AP predicts that Irma’s eye will pass 50  miles from Puerto Rico today before potentially impacting Florida later  in the week. Considered one of the strongest Atlantic storms in history,  the Hurricane Center described Irma as "potentially catastrophic."  “This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East  Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other  governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of [Hurricane]  Harvey,” Evan Myers, chief operating officer of AccuWeather, said in a  statement.

Source:  The Washington Post

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