The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, which could bring winds up to 175 miles per hour.
It could make landfall as early as Wednesday in the northeast Caribbean and Puerto Rico, and would then head toward south Florida, the Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Irma could reach Florida on Saturday.
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 5, 2017
“Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful Category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days,” the center said, according to CNN.
While the affects of the hurricane can’t yet be predicted, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency across the entire state, and he said President Donald Trump “offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma,” CNN reported.
“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott said in a statement, CNN reported.
Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm & could reach Florida by the end of the weekened. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency pic.twitter.com/O0qiwtVD6q
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2017