Hurricane Irma: When Could 'Catastrophic' Category 5 Storm Reach Florida? Tolls Suspended StatewideMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 06 2017 8:07 AM
FLORIDA: A mandatory visitor evacuation order is expected to begin at sunrise Wednesday for those in the Florida Keys as Hurricane Irma, a potentially "catastrophic" Category 5 storm appears to be on course for Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott has declared state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties ahead of the storm, which is currently on path for the Leeward Islands about 1,600 miles to the east/southeast of Key West. The National Hurricane Center said Irma is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in NHC records.
"We value our visitors and want them to be safe," said Monroe County, Florida Administrator Roman Gastesi. "This is the reason why we need them to calmly leave the Keys with plenty of advance notice before the storm may reach our shores.