Hurricane Irma inches towards Florida after battering northern Caribbean. Experts have warned that United States cannot avoid deadly Irma. Irma will be accompanied by destructive winds, severe flooding rain and raging seas across Florida. “Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event,” AccuWeather President says.
Further explaining the dangers, Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founding President and Chairman of AccuWeather said: “There will be massive damage in Florida. [It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.”
Officials warn of violent rain and winds are likely to pound Florida by late Saturday, as it will reach densely populated areas of South Florida on Sunday morning. In line with its current track, Irma will be severely affecting eastern side of Florida including Jacksonville, Miami, Melbourne, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach. Nonetheless, experts say it will most likely hit western parts as well.
“Irma remains a very powerful and destructive hurricane. Impacts within the projected path of Irma include life-threatening wind, storm surge and flooding rainfall hazards,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
Dr. Joel N. Myers explained that because of the full moon a few days ago, mass flooding is expected especially during high tide. “It’s a monster hurricane out there, it’s bringing along with it something to be feared,” he said speaking of the “extremely angry ocean” whipped by Irma.
Thus far at least 20 people have lost their lives to Irma. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma is among the strongest hurricane recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. It has been termed as among the five most severely forceful storms to have lashed the Atlantic basin in 82 years. Initially it was ranked as a Category 5 storm, but later it was downgraded to Category 4 based on the lessening of the intensity of unrelenting winds.