Hurricane Irma

Added On September 10, 2017

The latest on Hurricane Irma.

Eye of Irma is moving slowly away from the coast of Cuba while weather is deteriorating in south Florida in the United States.
World News has the details.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says wind gusts near hurricane strength have been recorded in the Florida Keys as the center of Irma moves closer to the state.
Tracking models show Irma will make landfall on the western side of Florida and head up the coast.
Having killed at least 22 people in the Caribbean, Irma is considered a life-threatening danger to Florida as well.
In the face of the deadly storm, downtown Miami was all but abandoned
on Saturday. 
"I am now at Miami beach at the southern tip of U.S. state of Florida. According to weather forecast, hurricane Irma will be landing here in 24 hours, and local government has already issued evacuation order for this region, that’s why behind me, the beach which used to filled with tourists now largely vacant. Two weeks after hurricane Harvey devastated state of Taxes, it seems people here are not willing to take any chances."
Authorities have asked more than 6 million people in Florida and Georgia to evacuate.
But some are choosing to stay.
"Well, category 4 or 5, 1,2,3 all bad hurricanes and you just have to prepare, the reason I didn’t leave is I did my shopping three days ago and I put my car in one of the mini city garages, up high."
It is forecast that the storm could surge up to 4.6 meters, which is expected to trigger flooding.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) ERNESTO RODRIGUEZ, Spokesman of Miami Beach Police Department 
"Once the wind speed reaches 69 miles per hour, the police and fire services actually stop because it is too dangerous that our vehicle and personnel out on the street. So hopefully we have fewer casualty during the storm."
Florida Governor says the state is trying to get as much fuel into Florida as possible. It has also asked gas stations to stay open as long as they can before the storm hits, promising police escorts to evacuate those employees safely.
In cuba, Irma buffeted the island's coast with category-five winds and rain.
In the central province of Villa Clara, storm surge caused coastal waters to rise more than 500 meters inland.
Maximum sustained winds of 160 km per hour, and gusts of 213 km per hour, knocked down trees, lamp posts and even ripped some park benches from the ground.
More than 6,000 people had been evacuated to higher ground in preparation for the arrival of Irma, which mostly grazed the island's coastline.
Irma is considered the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record. 
Meteorologists have predicted that around eight tropical storm formations will be created in the Pacific and five or six in the Atlantic during the 2017 hurricane season.