Irma’s center is set to crash into Florida late Sunday morning. Trump has a little advice:
President Trump on Saturday urged any U.S. 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.
Irma was expected to strike the Florida Keys at daybreak Sunday, with Hurricane Jose following closely behind.
Trump said Irma is a “storm of enormous destructive power and I ask everyone in the storm path to heed all instructions, get out of its way.”
“Property is replaceable but lives are not and safety has to come first,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting at the presidential retreat in Maryland, where he was spending the weekend with his wife, first lady Melania Trump. “Don’t worry about it. Just get out of its way.”
This is a storm of enormous destructive power, and I ask everyone in the storm’s path to heed ALL instructions from government officials. https://t.co/nJfM2Sdme1
It is expected that Florida’s west coast will be ravaged:
“Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event,” Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather said.
“There will be massive damage in Florida. [It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992,” Myers said.
Preparations should already be completed across the Sunshine State.
The current track of Irma will bring severe and life-threatening impacts to all of the Florida Keys and a large portion of the Florida Peninsula, including Key West, Key Largo, Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota and Miami.