The Irma Hurricane just hit the Northern Caribbean and left a trail of disaster and waste in its path, leaving Puerto Rico without power probably for months to come. However, it seems like what has been described as a category 5 storm by meteorologists is considered a devastating, nuclear Hurricane by both Miami Beach mayor and FEMA’s chief, who are expecting it to make landfall this weekend near Miami.
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in advance and more than one hundred thousand Miami Dade residents from Miami Beach and various other sensitive areas were advised to leave their homes, as Carlos Gimenez, Miami’s mayor issued an evacuation order.
FEMA’s boss Brock Lang also told the general public that Hurricane Irma is the stuff nightmares are made of, warning about its truly devastating-nuclear like impact it may have, provided it slams US’ coastal areas, thus he warned both officials and residents in Florida and other states about the immense danger presented by this one-in-a-generation hurricane. He also insisted that evacuation orders should be issued and reminded that more than ten people were killed in the Caribbean.
Speaking for CNN, Brock Long compared Irma with Hurricane Andrew, also a category 5 hurricane which totaled parts of Florida back in 1992:
“Bottom line is the majority of people along the coast have never experienced a major hurricane like this. It will be truly devastating,”
So far, only parts of Florida were issued mandatory evacuation orders, but Brock is expecting for other states to do the same in the next 48 hours. Brock said that all south-eastern states i.e. North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia should be alert and pay attention to what’s happening, while Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has said:
“We have talked to people in your city who say, ‘We ain’t going”. I hate to hear that. I’ll do anything in my power to convince them this is a very serious storm. This is a nuclear hurricane. They should leave the beach, they must leave the beach.”
It’s not clear if Mayor Levine was referring to the 2 nuclear plants that may be right in the path of the hurricane, or he was just poetic. However, he continued:
“As you know, as of yesterday, I have been telling our residents I strongly urge they please leave Miami Beach. You have friends, you have family – go visit them,Get out of the barrier island and I am very happy Mayor Gimenez issue the mandatory evacuation early this evening.”
“This storm will envelope us whether it is off shore or on shore. It won’t make a difference,”
Here is the latest Calibrated City-level probabilities to see Hurricane force winds (>73mph); Miami leading the way but East Coast %s rising pic.twitter.com/TlXFoas9GW
— Michael Ventrice (@MJVentrice) September 7, 2017
People fleeing Broward County, Miami Dade, Palm Beach etc. were shocked to discover how backstreets and highways were basically transformed into huge parking lots, as thousands of people are scrambling trying to get out of the path of Hurricane Irma, thus creating huge bottlenecks.