Hurricane Irma hits Florida, a million without power
Category 4 hurricane Irma batters Florida Keys with winds of 135 mph on Sunday morning, ripping roofs off trailers, flattening palm trees, hurling road signs through the air and left a million without power. It was expected to bring up to 25 inches of rain in some part of the Keys. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long warned on Saturday, when asked for a specific number of those who could lose power, said “You know it’s hard to speculate, but some of the estimates could be 5 million people without power based on this south-to-north trajectory, and it’s not just Florida; it’s going to be moving into Georgia as well … over the next five days”.
Relatedly, President Trump said “This is a storm of enormous destructive power, and I ask everyone in the storm path to heed all instructions, get out of its way”. He said that his administration is monitoring the situation around the clock and is in constant communication with all of the governors, the state and local officials.
The mammoth storm left a trail of devastation in the Caribbean where at least 25 people confirmed dead.