There are high chances that Hurricane Irma will end up affecting the U.S. coast. On Monday, the mighty storm strengthened to a Category 4 with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
Irma’s path remains unpredictable, though speculations continue that it could threaten the United States. As a result, the Florida Gov. Rick Scott resolved to declare a state of emergency covering each one of the 67 counties in his state.
Scott opined, “In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”
He added that the state of emergency served the general good of all Floridians. Through it, the various emergency management officials are able to act swiftly in rendering their services to the public.
On Monday night, Scott held a brief conversation with President Donald Trump. He revealed that the U.S leader offered the full resources of the federal government as the various occupants of Florida continued with their preparations for Hurricane Irma.
Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. A few hours later, Puerto Rico was served with a hurricane warning by the National Hurricane Center.
In the public education system, there will be no classes going on. The University of Puerto Rico will also be one of the affected segments as outlined by a release emanating from the governor’s office. On Sunday, Rosselló issued a warning that the island could be feeling Irma’s wrath around noon Wednesday.
Tom Sater, a CNN meteorologist and weather anchor said that the computer models showed the system moving through the Caribbean. Most probably, by the end of the week it might be turning right toward the north.
A category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane is severe and a number of experts have expressed their opinion saying that people might be subjected to one of these in the near future. That is why prior preparations need to be made.