Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida, saying the state could be inundated with more than 1 million visitors by the time the state’s forecasted storm arrives in early August.
“Hurricane Irma has caused severe flooding in our state, widespread power outages, and serious damage to our state’s economy,” Mr Scott said in a statement.
The governor added that the state will also receive an extra $1.3 billion in federal funding to help the state cope with Irma’s aftermath. “
We are now working to ensure our state is prepared for this unprecedented natural disaster.”
The governor added that the state will also receive an extra $1.3 billion in federal funding to help the state cope with Irma’s aftermath.
The hurricane is expected to bring winds of up to 185km/h (125mph), heavy rainfall and winds of more than 160km/hr (115mph) with gusts up to 160km (100mph).
The storm is also expected to dump up to 2 metres (6ft) of rain and create coastal flooding along the Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Irma’s landfall is forecast to hit Florida on August 10.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that the storm was moving northwest at a rate of 12km/hour (6mph) and was expected to remain on the east coast of Florida until late August.
Irma will make landfall on Florida’s eastern coast on August 16.