Hurricane Irma Nears Category 5, Florida and Puerto Rico Prepare

Hurricane Irma Nears Category 5 Florida and Puerto Rico PrepareThe National Hurricane Center warned of an โ€œincreasing chanceโ€ Hurricane Irma will affect the U.S. East Coast, as the intensifying Category 4 storm prompted emergency preparations in Florida and Puerto Rico. As of Tuesday morning, Irma was 320 miles east of the Leeward Islands with winds clocking 150 mphโ€”just 7 mph away from reaching Category 5 status. After it moves through the Caribbean later this week, experts say it will most likely turn north and approach the U.S. โ€œIf it turns sooner rather than later, we could maybe see the system slide by the East Coast into the ocean, but that window is shutting quickly,โ€ CNN meteorologist and weather anchor Tom Sater said. โ€œIt definitely looks like we will be impacted by a major hurricane that is a Category 3, 4 or 5.โ€ Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday, telling residents โ€œwe cannot afford to not be prepared.โ€ He said President Trump had promised the โ€œfull resourcesโ€ of the federal government if Irma hits Florida.

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