WHAT HAS IRMA DONE SO FAR?
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR IRMA?
Irma appears increasingly likely to rip into heavily populated South Florida early Sunday. Gov. Rick Scott has declared an emergency and mandatory evacuation orders are in place for parts of the Miami metro area and the Florida Keys. Meteorologist Je Masters with Weather Underground said Irma could strengthen again to 298 km/h or higher as it heads to warmer deeper water. Forecasters said Irma could rake the entire Atlantic coast of Florida and rage on into Georgia and South Carolina. Georgia’s governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation starting Saturday from the state’s Atlantic coast. French, British and Dutch rescuers struggled to rush aid to a string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane
Irma left at least six dead and thousands homeless. Warships and military planes were dispatched with food, water and troops after the fearsome Category 5 storm smashed homes, schools and roads, laying waste to some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive tourist destinations. Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of the storm passed early Wednesday. That left about 60 per cent of the island’s roughly 1,400 people homeless, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. About a million people were without power in Puerto Rico after Irma sideswiped the island.