Several South Florida counties have switched into emergency mode, planning evacuations, school closings and setting up shelters as Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm, churns toward the Caribbean.
With maximum sustained winds reaching 180 miles per hour, Irma is on track to hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the coming days.
Authorities are preparing for Irma with Hurricane Harvey’s devastation fresh in their minds.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed a declaration of emergency to cope with the threat. He said evacuations of special-needs residents will begin Wednesday, and others might be ordered to head out of town.
Gimenez ordered all county offices to be closed on Thursday and Friday. Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday and all school activities have been canceled from Wednesday night through Friday. Read more at CNN.