Irma already having impact on flights

Irma already having impact on flights

Irma already having impact on flights

A small piece of energy is expected to move to the lower Mississippi Valley and direct the storm toward the north.

Irma's peak intensity so far ranks among the strongest in recorded history, exceeding the likes of Katrina, Andrew and Camille - whose winds peaked at 175 miles per hour. On Monday, Scott declared a state of emergency in all of Florida's 67 counties.

North and east portions of Puerto Rico, which Gov. Ricardo Rossello called most flood prone, were ordered evacuated as well.

Scott has asked President Trump to declare a pre-landfall emergency in Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's impact on the state. It's still unclear how Irma will affect the United States, though Florida is bracing for a possible hit.

"There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend". Evacuations begin Wednesday in Monroe County, the Florida Keys, and for special needs people in Miami-Dade.

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The monster hurricane, the most powerful of the 5-level Saffir-Simpson scale, is about 270 miles (440 kilometers) east of the island of Antigua packing maximum sustained winds of 175 miles (280 kilometers) per hour.

Hurricane Irma, one of the most forceful Atlantic storms of the century, has been churning across the Atlantic Ocean on a collision course with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, bearing down on the northern Caribbean with a devastating mix of fierce winds, surf and rain. "We really don't have a family trip so it is actually probably a good thing". New hurricane warnings were issued for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos on Wednesday morning, with the storm expected to move over Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon.

The Category 5 hurricane-classified as "extremely dangerous"-is now headed towards the Caribbean and while the exact course is not known, computer models show it making landfall in South Florida by the weekend".

As Jose picks up momentum, experts predict that the tropical storm could become a hurricane by the end of the week.

"If you can't go to the left and you can't go to the right and you can only go one way, it means you have to leave earlier", Landrieu said. Another 7,000 National Guard members will report to duty Friday when the storm could be bearing down, though it's too early to know exactly where it may hit.

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