Hurricane Irma has her eyes set on Florida after causing utter devastation in the Caribbean and forcing one of the largest evacuations in American history. She just ripped through the Florida Keys where the death toll stands at 28 as of Sunday night.
According to the New York Times, Irma, which has lessened to a Category 3 storm, has moved toward southwest Florida, where residents were bracing after days of frantic preparation. Despite being downgraded, the storm is still extremely strong, clocking in with winds at near 120 miles per hour, down from 130 m.p.h.
The hurricane center stresses that the storm is still “expected to remain a powerful hurricane.”
“The biggest thing you can do now is pray,” Gov. Rick Scott said on Sunday afternoon in a press conference.
On Saturday, Scott warned his state of Irma’s dangers.
“The storm is here. Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down,” he said. “The storm surge will rush in and it could kill you.”
Millions in the Florida Keys were told to evacuate—and with good reason. The Times noted that earlier reports showed entire homes, and a person standing on a balcony, nearly submerged in water.
According to The Telegraph, here are a few facts about Irma you should know:
- Nearly two million people are currently without power
- Irma’s course swings slightly west, reducing threat to Miami
- Eye of the storm approaching Naples, Florida
- Some 6.4 million Floridians had been ordered to evacuate, more than a quarter of Florida’ population, amid warnings they would be “on their own” if they stayed.
Praying for Florida!
This is a developing story and we will provide updates as they become available.