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Cat 5 Hurricane Irma on a Collision Course with Florida

Just after residents of Texas endured massive destruction from Hurricane Harvey, another big hurricane may threaten the United States. The ultimate path of Hurricane Irma’s, an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane, is still uncertain...
September 6, 2017

Just after residents of Texas endured massive destruction from Hurricane Harvey, another big hurricane may threaten the United States. The ultimate path of Hurricane Irma’s, an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane, is still uncertain. The National Weather Service says the “potentially catastrophic” Irma is expected to slam into Puerto Rico Wednesday before possibly taking aim at the US mainland, likely Florida.

Irma is the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center has ever recorded in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the agency said. On Tuesday morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties in the state. “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm, and Florida must be prepared,” Scott said in a statement.

The chance that Irma will make a direct impact on Florida “continues to increase,” the National Weather Service says, adding that it’s too early to specify the timing and magnitude.

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