Don't Fire Guns at Hurricane Irma, Florida Police Warn

Lloyd Doyle
September 13, 2017

President Donald Trump has urged any USA residents still in Hurricane Irma's path to "just get out of its way" and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful storm's advance on Florida from the secluded Camp David presidential retreat.

Many of Irma's victims fled their battered islands on ferries and fishing boats for fear another hurricane, Jose, would destroy or drench anything Irma left untouched.

By 5 p.m. the storm was downgraded to a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. During the afternoon, it rounded Florida's southwestern corner and hugged the coast closely as it pushed toward Naples, Sanibel, Fort Myers and, beyond that, Sarasota, at 14 miles per hour (23 kph).

"Right now, we are anxious about lives, not cost", Trump said after returning from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland where he monitored the storm and met with his Cabinet. "These are all Irma rain bands". The tornado threat is increasing, and a number of tornado warnings (including some touchdowns) have occurred.

The storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday morning, spurred widespread evacuations from the state, although not everyone chose to get out.

Forecasters expect Irma to strengthen again after it was downgraded to a category 3 storm. These maps show the model's wind forecast.

"You are running out of time to make a decision", Governor Rick Scott said hours before wind gusts began to lash the island chain known as the Florida Keys. The government of France ended its Tropical Storm Warning for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Also notice that by late afternoon, the wind over Jacksonville is blowing from the south.

There has been some flooding in the centre of Naples but it is believed to be fresh water.

Sheryl and Rick Estes take shelter from Hurricane Irma inside the Germain Arena in Estero Florida U.S. September
Don't Fire Guns at Hurricane Irma, Florida Police Warn

Some people are asking if any other major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) has taken the same path that Irma is.

P resident Trump received a "comprehensive update" on Hurricane Irma as he huddled with Cabinet members and administration officials on Sunday, the White House said.

Hurricane Irma began pummeling Florida late Saturday, threatening nearly the entire southeastern USA state after cutting a deadly path of destruction through the Caribbean.

The storm surge was a big concern.

Some locals grumbled about the forecast, even though Florida's west coast had always been included in the zone of probability. We just received a report that all bridges in the Tampa area have now been closed. I mean, forecasters here are saying the area around Tampa Bay could get a storm surge of 5 to 8 feet - that's less than down South.

This man, donning what appears to be a snorkeling mask, said that "he's going ride out Hurricane Irma in a store front on Duval Street", according to the Miami Herald's David Ovalle.

Usually when a person prepares for a hurricane, there a few things on their mind: food, water, shelter and, if possible, a generator to help them weather the storm.

"I don't think the really strong winds are going to get out of here until later tonight, that orange area right there, and the yellow, the tropical storm-force winds, that's going to be tomorrow morning", Mayfield said. Rather, once the eye passes north of them, vicious west winds on the bottom side of the storm will drive Gulf of Mexico waters inland - this storm surge will be very destructive.

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