FLORIDA is under a state of emergency after the latest track models showed that Hurricane Irma could head towards the US state after the Caribbean.
Category 5 Hurricane Irma heads to the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean tonight, amid fears of being able to head to Miami Florida as a result.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) based at NOAA, based in Miami, told Americans that parts of the coast were prone to the hurricane to get an evacuation plan in place.
The NHC’s latest update said, “The likelihood of Irma’s direct impacts this week and this weekend is increasing in the Florida Keys and parts of the Florida Peninsula.
“However, it is too early to specify the timing and magnitude of impacts, but it is too early to determine what direct impacts Irma could have on the continental United States.”
The latest NHC National Park maps show that tropical storm force winds could reach the southeastern tip of Florida within a few days.
The latest storm trail reveals that Hurricane Irma is expected to travel across the Florida Straits before reaching the Florida coast at 7 am Sunday, September 10.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Donald Trump “offered all the resources” of the federal government as Floridians prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
Mr. Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida stating: “Hurricane Irma is a major and deadly storm and Florida must prepare itself.
“Current forecasting models have Florida on the way to Irma – which could affect millions of Floridians.”
Governor Scott has activated 100 members of the Florida National Guard in preparation and 7,000 members will report to the office Friday morning.
“Florida is known to get ready and do a great job with disasters, we have no idea what’s in store,” he said.
“We have to pray for the best, the hope would be that this thing would dissipate and that it would only go to the Atlantic, but we must prepare for the worst.”
NWS meteorologist Chuck Caracozza said: “For people in South Florida, now is the time to start preparing and preparing for these hurricane kits.
Forecasters predict the storm will hit the northeastern basement islands tonight before heading to the British Virgin Islands and the US and Puerto Rico tomorrow.
Irma could also “directly affect” the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas and Cuba as a major hurricane later this week.
The NHC said Irma is expected to create a life-threatening wind, storm surges, relief currents and torrential rains on the northeastern submarine islands.
The most recent update said: “At the forecast track, Irma’s extremely dangerous core will move in portions of the Northern Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday.”
The Leeward Islands could see water levels rise up to 11 feet higher than normal, as well as dangerous winds, storms, floods and relief currents, the NHC said.
After this point, long-range spaghetti models still show a variety of possible clues, since the uncertainty remains above the Irma.
It is not yet known where and when Hurricane Irma could reach the coast of the United States. The hurricane could travel along the east coast or across the Gulf of Mexico.
Despite the threat, British billionaire and adventurer Sir Richard Branson will remain on his private Caribbean island of Necker for the potentially devastating arrival of Hurricane Irma.
Branson said: “We had lovely guests on Necker Island who cut their trip for security reasons, and another group of guests was also deferred.
“I will be in Necker next to our team, as I have been the three times we have had hurricanes in the last 30 years.”
Branson said Necker has “really strong” buildings with hurricane tanks “that must be able to handle extremely extreme extremes very well.”
The Weather Channel said, “For now, all residents along the East Coast and Gulf Coast should monitor Irma’s progress.
“Florida locations in the southeastern United States have the potential to see the impacts of Irma in the first place, but this is subject to change.”
Long-term meteorologist AccuWeather Lead Paul Pastelok said: “Irma is a serious threat to the Caribbean islands and the United States.”
Meteorologist Marshall Shepherd Weather said Hurricane Irma is a “serious threat” to the Caribbean and appears to be a “disturbing” threat to the American continent.
“As the National Hurricane Center points out, it is too early to know the precise impact of” place and time “on the American continent,” he wrote on the Forbes website.
“However, the statement on cluster models indicates that there is a growing consensus on the creation of weather models to address the storm.
“My” weather eye “sees a Florida threat to the Carolinas (and maybe even a small chance to settle in the Gulf of Mexico).” Read more about Irma