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Hurricane Irma: FGCU, FSW to close Thursday and Friday

Hurricane Irma: FGCU, FSW to close Thursday and Fridayā€¯

Hurricane Irma, dubbed the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history, has made landfall for the first time.

The US National Hurricane Center listed the Category 5 Irma as the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded north of the Caribbean and east of the Gulf of Mexico.

By Wednesday morning, five days before the massive storm was expected to impact the region, very few stations still had fuel, and drivers swarmed the stations that still had some.

Jose, which formed east of Hurricane Irma and roughly around 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, is said to out at sea but heading west at a speed of around 13 miles per hour with wind speeds of around 60 mph. The last major hurricane to hit Florida was in 2005. "Winds at this level will rip roofs off even well-built structures and the only buildings that remain intact are cement condominium, office, apartment and parking garages". Here's what you need to know about the hurricane's predicted path of destruction. United States President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Damage and flooding was seen on Antigua Sept. 6, 2017 as Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean. This latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center has Irma following along Cuba's northern coast this weekend and hitting the Florida Keys by 2 p.m. Sunday. "A lot of infrastructure won't be able to withstand this kind of force".

The European model shows a similar scenario, according to Maue, the main difference being that Irma stays a little closer to the Florida coast and then heads straight into SC by Tuesday.

Residents of Puerto Rico may be without electricity for months after the storm. Irma is "bigger, faster and stronger than Hurricane Andrew", he warned.

As it approached land, scientists said they were picking up background noise from the storm on their earthquake-detecting seismometers.

The hurricane was upgraded to Category 5 strength on Tuesday, and after it passes, parts of the island could be left without power for four to six months, according to Ricardo Ramos, director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

"In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best", he said.



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