Hurricane Irma already arrived in Cuba and Florida are preparing for the worst
Irma recovered the category of intensity 5 and already came to Cuba, where they forced the withdrawal of more than a million people. Is expected to arrive this Sunday morning in the u.s. state of Florida.
The hurricane Irma, of new of category 5, made landfall in the city of Camaguey, in the north of Cuba, on the night of Friday, with maximum winds of 260 kilometres schedules, according to the National Hurricane Center of the united States.
At 23: 00 Friday (04h00 Saturday in Lisbon), the eye of Irma was 190 kilometers from the city of Caibarien and progressed towards the west at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.
The Irma recovered the category of intensity 5, the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson scale, after having lost some of its strength throughout the Friday, going to category 4 hurricane.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC, for its acronym in English) of the united States, the Irma will continue to move toward the west by the north coast of Cuba, where it has already forced the withdrawal of more than a million people.
The hurricane should turn northwestward in the direction of Florida, where it is expected that in the early hours of Sunday and which is expected to cause great devastation. The authorities of that state have already issued an order to withdraw more than five million people.
According to the head of the program of hurricane status, Andrew Sussman, about 5.6 million people of this state have been received, until Friday, an order to abandon their homes due to the mortal danger that the Irma represents.
“Not tonight, not within an hour. It is now,” said the state’s governor, Rick Scott, stressing the urgency of the order for the citizens to change for the shelters that exist throughout the state. —- Scott ordered on Thursday night, and until Monday, the closure of all public schools and universities so that they can be available as shelters.
Even so, many shelters in the county of Miami-Dade and Broward counties were closed doors on Friday after having reached the maximum capacity.
Between Thursday and Friday, the state highway, with direction to the north, there have been traffic jams, in which it is already considered as an exodus without precedent, residents and tourists.
Florida Power & Light Company, one of the main providers of electricity in the state, it is anticipated that at least 4.1 million customers will be without power as a result of the impact of Irma. The company, which owns the nuclear plants, reported that these were closed gradually and with advance notice before the emergence of the winds.
This hurricane, the most powerful recorded in the Atlantic, caused at least 18 deaths-by-step through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, and destroyed the island of Barbuda, and the French part of Saint-Martin.
The Caisse centrale de réassurance (CCR), reinsurer, French public for natural disasters, has already announced that the cost of the damage caused by Irma in the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy was evaluated at 1.2 billion euros.