Hurricane Irma forecast to strike Florida Keys as Category 5
#Hurricane Irma #forecast to strike Florida Keys as Category 5
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Hurricane Irma is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a #Category 5 #storm.
“Obviously Hurricane #Irma continues to be a threat that is going to #devastate the United States,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. “We’re going to have a couple rough days.”
Irma was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 storm early Friday morning. As of 5 p.m. Eastern Time, the storm was moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami.
The National Hurricane Center cautioned that Irma is “extremely dangerous,” with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, which are strong enough to uproot trees, bring down power poles and rip off the roofs and some exterior walls of well-built frame homes.
Map: The expected path of Hurricane Irma as project at 2pm ET, Sept. 8. 2017.
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