Mar-a-Lago Irma Evacuation Ordered

Mar-a-Lago Irma Evacuation Ordered

Mar-a-Lago Irma Evacuation Ordered

"The people of South Florida, the people of the entire state should know: We are with you". Envision that all the way to Jacksonville and beyond.

A mandatory evacuation order might be placed tomorrow, but officials are urging residents to seek shelter at a hotel on the mainland, or with family or friends west of US-1, according to the official release by the town. "There's no way everybody can evacuate". Summer is the slow tourist season in South Florida.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Irma was a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour - a far more powerful storm than Harvey, which lingered over Greater Houston and brought devastating flooding to that area.

"My administration is monitoring the situation around the clock, and we're in constant communications with all of the governors, with the state and local officials", Trump said in a video of the meeting.

Bryan Koon, Florida's emergency management director, said late today that authorities had only scattered information about the storm's toll, but he remained hopeful.

Animal Care and Control had been allowing anyone in Palm Beach County to foster an animal without being pre-approved, and adoption fees were being waived.

The bigger concern are the hundreds of thousands who voluntarily decide to leave, crowding highways being used by those forced to abandon their homes. Wind was responsible for just 8 percent of deaths. "Wind is not the killer".

"It really beat up Mar-a-Lago very badly", Trump claimed, though he only applied for building permits to do $3,000 worth of hurricane repairs.

Miami-Dade County spokesman Mike Hernandez said he's seen reports of people leaving the county's hurricane shelters.

Sauve said animals left outside in a potentially deadly storm are particularly at risk.

In addition, a state of emergency has been declared for the whole of Florida by both state Gov. Rick Scott and President Trump.

A new evacuation plan rolled out this year by the Florida Department of Transportation can permit motorists to drive on the shoulders of highways with two lanes in each direction, including Interstate 75 along Alligator Alley.

It is the first time on record that simultaneously active hurricanes in the Atlantic have been this strong, Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said.

"New Zealanders now in the path of Hurricane Irma are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders, keep their family in New Zealand informed of their well-being and contact their airline or travel agent directly if their travel has been disrupted", an MFAT spokesman said.

Cass-Larmore, who is going to stay with a son during Irma, has since bought a generator.

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