Apocalyptic scenes are playing out across the Sunshine State, as more than a million people flee Hurricane Irma’s wrath.
In the usually bustling city of Miami, the streets and beaches are eerily empty and businesses boarded up. Meanwhile, Floridians sit in hours-long traffic jams on all roads leading north to seek shelter with friends and family.
An estimated 1.4million people have been given mandatory orders to evacuate in Florida and Georgia, and that number is expected to grow as the storm approaches.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for all of the counties in the southern tip of Florida and for most all the way up the east coast. Residents in the coastal areas of Georgia, including Savannah, are also under evacuation.
This traffic jam was caused then Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke publicly on Friday about the need for Florida residents to evacuate in the face of Hurricane Irma, warning those living in evacuation areas that they would not be rescued until conditions improve.
In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Scott said that the hurricane, downgraded Friday to Category 4, would likely travel up the spine of the Florida peninsula.
“This thing’s coming,” he warned. “It looks like it’s going to go right through the middle of our state.”
Scott warned residents to care for their families and ensure that everyone evacuates.
“If you’re in an evacuation zone, you’ve got to get out,” Scott said. “You can’t wait. The roads will get worse when it gets out, I’ve closed all the schools, K-12 to state colleges and universities, to open up more shelters.”
The governor warned residents to act quickly, saying once the hurricane hits it will be too late.
“We cannot save you in the middle of the storm.”
The storm killed at least 24 people in the Caribbean and left thousands homeless as it devastated small islands in its path. And it’s already proved deadly in the U.S. A man installing hurricane shutters on his Florida home fell off a ladder and died on Thursday.
The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for the Keys and parts of South Florida and Lake Okeechobee. It added a storm surge warning and extended watch areas wrapping around much of the peninsula.
I have one question for Governor Scott!
How do they effectively leave when there are only two highways leading out of the state?
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