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Saturday, 9 September 2017

‘This Storm Will Kill You If You Don’t Get Out The Way’: Largest Evacuation In US History As 5.6 MILLION People Are Ordered To Leave Florida As devastating Hurricane Irma Expected Early Sunday Morning

More than 5.6 million people ordered to leave Florida
The largest evacuation in US history is under way as more than 5.6million people were ordered to leave Florida before Hurricane Irma strikes the Sunshine State.
The state's governor, Rick Scott, urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible. He warned those who plan to stay that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk.
He explained that the biggest concern with the powerful hurricane is the predicted storm surge that will come along with the lashing winds and heavy rains. 

Few cars traversed the normally rush hour traffic gridlocked streets in downtown Miami on Friday
Few cars traversed the normally rush hour traffic gridlocked streets in downtown Miami on Friday
The storm was downgraded to Category 4 yesterday before being pushed back up to Category 5 - but has again been relegated to Category 4 this morning by the National Hurricane Center.  

Andrew Sussman, the state's hurricane program manager, said the total of those urged to flee Florida includes people throughout the southern half of the state as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing.
Florida is the nation's third-largest state with nearly 21million people, according to the U.S. Census. 
Universal Studios joined Disney World, SeaWorld and Legoland in closing as the megastorm heads north.    
Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the state tomorrow. The hurricane is currently raging off the northeastern coast of Cuba, with wind speeds of 160mph. The outer bands of the hurricane have already reached the U.S., with south Florida and the Keys experiencing increased rain and wind speeds.
People wait to enter Miami Southridge High School that is being used as a shelter for evacuees as Hurricane Irma approaches
People wait to enter Miami Southridge High School that is being used as a shelter for evacuees as Hurricane Irma approaches

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Camaguey archipelago, just off the northern coast of Cuba, around 11.10pm ET yesterday. This is the first Category 5 storm to hit the island since 1924.
Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida
Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida

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