Hurricane Irma has already killed at least 10 people in the Caribbean, and it could slam into Florida by early Sunday morning. The Category 5 storm is the most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever, with winds of 180 mph as of Thursday.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency, and officials have imposed mandatory evacuation orders on parts of the Miami metro area and the Florida Keys. On Thursday morning, the governor said about 31,000 people had already evacuated the keys as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
While the hurricane is predicted to hit Miami and batter Florida’s east coast, its cone of possible tracks covers the entire state, so Scott has urged all Florida residents to prepare for Irma.
But the storm will likely not stop with Florida; forecasters say it could also impact Georgia and South Carolina as it travels up the coast.
Jeffrey Yago, a certified energy