Hurricane Irma (Photo Source: National Hurricane Center)

Just as Texas and other portions of the Gulf Coast have recovered from Hurricane Harvey, another storm named Irma is soon to hit. Here are some facts that make Hurricane Irma a serious threat if you live along the East Coast of the United States.

According to media outlet CNN and the National Hurricane Center:

  1. The square mileage of Irma’s storm force winds is 65K. This makes the storm almost the same size as the state of Florida.
  2. The diameter of those tropical storm force winds is 300 miles, which is almost twice as wide as Florida’s peninsula.
  3. Irma’s maximum sustained winds have been recorded at 185 miles per hour, making it a category 5 hurricane.
  4. At least 5K people have been evacuated from the Bahamas. According to Prime Minister Hubert Minnis it is the largest evacuation in the history of the country.
  5. Monroe County, Florida is under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of the storm’s predicted arrival. At least 75K people have been ordered to leave their homes.
  6. The storm will hit parts of Florida sometime early Sunday morning.
  7. If the storm continues along its current track, all of the southeast states could feel the effects.
  8. Irma is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico since the 1800s.
Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

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    CNN JUST said irma is the worst storm ever that mean anyone sticking it out may not be here tommorow , people so stupid they trying to hold on to material stuff and a wood or brick home that may kill them . not realizing your life is the most important item you have , without that nothing else really matters . proof that paradis is not really what we think … there is now no state that your safe from an epocolyptis the end of the world ., no matter how much money you got or happy your home seem you to can perish over night . im glad god showed us this and all this racial fighting we now get to hug each other help each other and support each other . god is laughing at how stupid we are to think, all we have to do year after year is shoot kill and destroy human flesh and spirits , god is in control even when we thinnk its us