‘Increasing chance’ Hurricane Irma could impact Florida; Scott declares state of emergency

Hannah Lee

Hurricane Irma is predicted to impact Florida over the weekend. Photo from National Hurricane Center.

Although she may be off in the distance, Hurricane Irma is striking panic in Florida residents as the current category 4 hurricane is predicted to make landfall in Florida later this week.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of the moment, there is “an increasing chance” that Florida will be impacted from the oncoming storm later this week. The report said it is still too early to determine what direct impact the United States will get from the hurricane and it’s path is still subject to change.

Either way, Governor Rick Scott has just declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.

“Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared,” Scott said in a statement. “I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

We won’t know if the hurricane will directly hit Jacksonville until later this week.

Hurricane Irma is already affecting Puerto Rico as they also declared a State of Emergency Monday ahead of the category 4 storm that is predicted to hit the U.S. territory Wednesday.

The last hurricane to impact Jacksonville was Hurricane Matthew. Matthew had parts of Jacksonville evacuated and left UNF with some damage, especially near the nature trails.

Scott called the storm “life threatening” and is urging everyone to prepare. Students should be ready for the worst and stock up on things like water bottles, non perishable foods, and gasoline.

Are you preparing for the possible hurricane? Tell us using the hashtag #SpinnakerStorm.

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