Hurricane Irma a ‘monster’ Cat 5 storm and it’s moving toward Florida, governor declares state of emergency

With the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey fresh in the minds of Americans, no one is taking lightly the next storm on the horizon.

…especially not Florida, which may be in its path.

Hurricane Irma, with maximum sustained winds at 175 mph as of Tuesday morning, is now a Category 5 storm as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean and most models say it will impact Southwest Florida.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called Irma a “life-threatening storm” and declared a state of emergency with potential landfall expected over the weekend.

“Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared,” the governor said in a released statement. “I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

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As seasoned Floridian knows, being prepared is the key and Scott told residents to “remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit today to get prepared.”

“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott added.

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