Hurricane Irma Intensifies To Catastrophic Category 5, Florida Declares State Of Emergency
Hurricane Irma strengthened to a catastrophic Category 5 storm and poses a threat to the United States. The storm’s maximum wind speeds are 175 mph, making it one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane warnings have already been issued for many islands in the Caribbean including the Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles, as well as Puerto Rico. Currently, the storm surge is expected to be 6-feet and rain totals as high as 10 inches in the Leeward Islands. Irma is moving west at 14 mph and expected to smash into islands such as Antigua, Barbuda, and Saint Martin on Tuesday, then hit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before barreling to Cuba and the Bahamas. Southern Florida and the Florida Keys could be in Irma’s destructive path as early as Sunday.