Hurricane Irma Geostationary

Hurricane Irma rips through the Caribbean on its way to Florida

Hurricane Irma has devastated the Caribbean and is shaping up to be one of the deadliest Hurricanes in US history.

President Donald Trump said the hurricane was “record-breaking” in terms of size and wind speed.

Over 250,000 people from Florida have been evacuated and the state’s Governor, Rick Scott, said they’re shipping in evacuation supplies.


“We’ve seen reports of grocery stores being out of bottled water, we’re working with retailers to re-fill these stores as quickly as possible with water and other emergency supplies,” he said.

Hurricane Irma Tracking Map

By National Hurricane Centre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Governor believes the incoming hurricane is expected to be the largest to ever hit Florida.

“The storm is bigger, faster and stronger than hurricane Andrew,” he said.

Hurricane Andrew devastated the state in 1992 and until Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, was the costliest in US history.


By Naval Research Laboratory [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

However, Australian Oxfam Chief Executive Helen Szoke said the islands in the Caribbean sea are still the most at risk.

“Oxfam teams in the Caribbean are concerned about the potential for deadly storm surges, destructive winds and torrential rainfall, which could cause flash flooding and landslides,” she said.

“Given the vulnerability of people in Haiti after the deadly earthquake in 2010, we’re really concerned about the potential devastation this huge storm could cause.”