Cyclone Irma reinforced to a Category 4 storm Monday afternoon, churning west in the Atlantic Ocean and triggering emergency declarations in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Although Irma’s course stays unpredictable, the possibility it might threaten the United States led Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency situation in all 67 counties in his state.
” In Florida, we always get ready for the worst and wish for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not definitely known at this time, we can not manage to not be prepared,” Scott stated in a statement released late Monday afternoon. “This state of emergency situation allows our emergency management officials to act swiftly in the very best interest of Floridians without the problem of administration or bureaucracy.”
The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, declared a state of emergency situation and triggered the National Guard after the National Hurricane Center declared a typhoon expect Puerto Rico due to Irma. Classes will not be held on Tuesday in the public education system nor in the University of Puerto Rico, inning accordance with a release from the governor’s workplace. Rosselló cautioned the public on Sunday that the island could feel Irma’s wrath around twelve noon Wednesday.
Since 5 p.m. ET, Monday, Irma was about 490 miles (790 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said. It is packing optimal sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) as it heads west at 13 mph (20 kph). Landfall is anticipated early Wednesday on the island of Anguilla.