Hurricane Irma Weakens after Hitting Florida
After devasting part of the Caribean causing at least 25 deaths, Hurricane Irma reached Florida with winds up to 120km/h, and is considerated to be one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic.
When Irma crashed into Cuba, on Saturday morning (9th September), it was a category Five, the highest ranking possible. While the storm moved up the state’s western coast overnight, it weakened and now is considered a category one.
According to The National Hurricane Centre, the storm should continue to lose strength and fall below hurricane intensity during the day.
More than 3.4 million homes and businesses are reported to be without electricity. And more than 6.3 million people were told to evacuate.
It’s expected that Irma caused billions of dollars in damage in the United States, according to the catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide.
The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, told the Fox News Sunday program that this is a worst case scenario for Monroe County, the Florida Keys and the West Coast of Florida.