On Monday morning, Hurricane Irma gained strength in the Caribbean. Hours later, Irma went from a Category 3 to a Category 4 hurricane.
There is a high probability that Irma will hit the United States. Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that Irma will pass through, already declared a state of emergency.
Now Florida, a state that is no stranger to hurricanes, is declaring a state of emergency, too. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) doesn't want to take any chances by being unprepared for Irma.
According to Florida Gov:
Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.
Today, given these forecasts and the intensity of this storm, I have declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm. 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.
This state of emergency allows our emergency management officials to act swiftly in the best interest of Floridians without the burden of bureaucracy or red tape.
If Irma does in fact make landfall in the U.S., it will be the second Category 4 storm to strike this year.