Hurricane Irma reaches America

Hurricane Irma reaches America

By Vittorio Travan

 

The west coast of America is facing one of the country’s largest storms in the past 25 years.

Hurricane Irma reached American inland Sunday morning as a category four storm with winds registering 170 mph and 4.6 metre water surges.

The serve weather pattern first reached landfall at Florida Keys which forced the closure to the 113 mile stretch of islands along the south of the Florida state.

 

Prior to reaching the western coast of America, Irma started as a category five storm and was the highest registered storm across the Atlantic Ocean, with storms topping 200mph.

Hurricane Irma’s weather band currently stretches 400 miles with experts predicting the northern parts of the west coast to see historical weather warnings and damage.

As the eye of the storm wreaks havoc on the south of the Florida state, Tampa is preparing for fears of historical water surges and damaging winds that have resulted in 2 million residents across Florida without vital services.

The storm has destroyed important energy infrastructure for houses and businesses with state power supplier Florida Power and Light saying in a statement, “Restoration will be measured in weeks, not in days.”

The US National Hurricane Centre has described the storm as life changing with the 4.6 metre water surges combined with heavy rain and flooding contributing to disaster damage not seen in 25 years.

Experts predict the damage of hurricane Irma could severely outpace the damage not seen since Hurricane Andrews in 1992 which left $25 Billion in destruction and 1.4 million people without power and 23 people dead.

As a result local government officials on Saturday urged six Million Florida residents to evacuate the most at risk areas of the state, which has placed a strain on both highway access out of the state and evacuation centres.

The mass evacuation is one of the largest in US history and is placing strain on available resources.

 

Hurricane Irma has since been downgraded to a category two with a decrease in wind levels to 120mphs but is currently moving inland at 22 kilometres every hour.

Florida’s state governor Rick Scott has already engaged the National Guard to help with evacuation efforts but has called on President Trump for more.

As a result President Trump has approved the Major Disaster Declaration that will see federal funding directed to the reimbursement of local communities and state governments to aid in recovery from Hurricane Irma.

Talking to reporters upon announcing the Disaster Declaration President Trump said, “We are worried about lives, not cost.”

Florida governor Rick Scott thanked President Trump for his support and constant collaboration.

“Working with local emergency management professionals and FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], we will make sure that no expense is spared to help families respond and recover.”

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