Irma slammed into the Caribbean early Wednesday morning as a category 5 hurricane. Irma is the most powerful storm ever measured in the Atlantic and it’s headed toward Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Packing 185 mph winds, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Caribbean early Wednesday, barreling into the island of St Martin. The storm flooded a harbor, stranding cars.
Irma is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.
In Puerto Rice, the island’s 3.4 million residents braced for the worst. Some bought plywood to protect their homes. The head of the power company says parts of the island could be in the dark for weeks or even months afterward.
Irma is still days away from the U.S. and is now tracking more east. However, mandatory evacuations are already in effect for the Florida Keys forcing people to get in their cars and leave.
In Miami, residents filled up sandbags. State officials are urging residents who live in low-lying areas in Miami Dade County to start evacuating as well, although it is not mandatory.