Southern Florida is already feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma. The outer bands of the Category 3 storm is lashing the coast with near-hurricane force winds and rain. Tornado warnings are also in effect for parts of South Florida. Irma has moved off Cuba as is now heading north. The storm is expected to gain strength over the open water as it closes in on the Florida Keys, where it’s expected to hit early Sunday. Irma’s storm surges will threaten Florida’s west coast tomorrow. Officials warn that neighborhoods from Naples to Tampa Bay could be submerged as the storm moves north. The entire state will get 15 to 18 inches of rain. Over six-million people in Florida are under evacuation orders. More than 70-thousand Floridians are in nearly 400 shelters across the state.
President Trump is staying up to date on Hurricane Irma at Camp David this weekend. During a cabinet meeting today, Trump said his administration is monitoring the situation around the clock. He noted that he had already declared emergency declarations for the states and territories affected by the storm. Trump offered full support for those in need and vowed to “restore recover and rebuild.”
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