Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma
“In Florida we prepare for the worst and hope for the best” – Governor Rick Scott
While Irma’s exact path is uncertain, the hurricane could make landfall in Florida by the
end of the week. Georgia and the Carolinas may also be impacted with wind and rain.
“Anybody in Florida should be preparing for a hurricane,” Brian Thompson, a meteorologist
at AccuWeather tells PEOPLE. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for
the state’s 67 counties on Monday afternoon.
“Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared,” Scott said in a 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. Today, given these forecasts and the intensity of
this storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm.”
Tropical storm force winds may be possible as early as Friday night 8 p.m., to Saturday morning.
Floridians have already begun clearing out shelves of water and non-perishable foods, as many have documented on social media.
Hurricane Safety Tips
These huge, churning storms can spell disaster. Check out the do’s and dont’s of hurricane safety.
Hurricanes can wreak havoc in many ways, with lashing winds, torrential rains, and inundating storm surges. Here are some tips on how to survive the fury of a hurricane.
BEFORE IT HITS
- Coastal residents should form evacuation plans before a warning is issued to identify a safe shelter and a route to get there.
- Prepare for a hurricane by stocking up on emergency supplies including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.
DURING THE STORM
- As a storm unfolds, evacuees should listen to local authorities on radio or television. Evacuation routes often close as a storm develops. Dedicated professionals and improved technology have made hurricane forecasting more accurate than ever before—but it’s far from precise.