Hurricane Irma swells to a category 5 storm as it aims for land

This Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Irma nearing the eastern Caribbean.

Another heavy-duty storm is on the horizon. On Tuesday morning, Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a category 5 storm. Projections so far include dangerous storm surge and coastal landfall later this week.

Videos by Rare

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency for the entire state, in hopes that increased preparedness will lighten the impact for Floridians. Irma is expected to barrel through Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Bahamas throughout the rest of the week before touching down in central Florida on Sunday.

“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,” Scott said.
Hurricane Irma is the first major tropical storm to develop in the eastern Atlantic Ocean since Hurricane Julia in 2010.

What do you think?

Chance the Rapper stands up for Chicago’s underfunded schools, donates $2.2 million more

Meet the organization saving dogs from the crimes of their owners