After the devastation that occurred in Huston, Texas with the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, the weather has been on everyone’s radar.
Just over a week ago, people from across the globe tuned into the news to see devastation in Huston. Between the extreme winds, which peaked at 132 mph in Port Aransas, and the flooding rains, some of which dropped a jaw-dropping 51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou, Texas, Harvey was a massive meteorological event. In fact, the 51.88 inches that fell in Cedar Bayou broke both the Texas and continental United States record for rainfall for a single tropical storm.
Now a new threat is looming on the horizon. The people of the United States watched as Hurricane Irma great to a Category 5, the strongest classification for any hurricane. With a maximum sustained wind of 185 mph and a track headed straight for the southern tip of Florida, people are beginning to worry about yet another catastrophic hurricane event occurring in the United States.
As of now, Hurricane Irma is set to make landfall on the southern tip of Florida in the late morning on Sunday. If Irma holds together, it could possibly make landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane.
In anticipation of a major hurricane landfall, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida National Guard on Tuesday, calling on all 7,000 members to report for duty on Friday morning, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Governor Scott also asked President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency for Florida, a request which President Trump granted.
After seeing the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused, much of Florida is taking preemptive actions, whether that be stocking up on food and water or simply evacuating. Harvey put the dangers of hurricanes into the front of everyone’s minds, a fact which will hopefully help save lives by making people consider the best plan for survival far in advance of Irma’s landfall.
We will post updates as they come in, and you can always find current information on Hurricane Irma on the National Hurricane Center’s website nhc.noaa.gov.