Florida, Caribbean islands prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, which became a Category 4 storm late Monday night, is on its way to the Caribbean, where it will most likely hit Puerto Rico and other islands in the area. Florida is also bracing for the storm.
Empty shelves in Puerto Rico Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Hurricane Irma, which is making its way to the Caribbean and possibly the US mainland, became a powerful Category 4 storm Monday night. The countries in the storm's projected path are beginning to prepare for its arrival. In Florida, a state of emergency was declared.  

Hurricane warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the British and US Virgin Islands and the West Indies. According to the US National Hurricane Center, the storm could pose a life-threatening danger to the residents of the islands starting as early as tomorrow.

Experts believe that after hitting the Caribbean, Irma will head toward Florida. "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," Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

Last week, Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey, the powerful Category 4 storm that claimed the lives of dozens. Houston suffered a serious blow due to the massive rains that resulted in flooding and strong winds.

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