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Hurricane Irma Increases in Strength; Could Make Florida Landfall in Next Few Days

As America continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey, new weather reports indicate there’s an increasing probability that Hurricane Irma could slam into Florida before the storm ends.

The storm was upgraded to Category 4 earlier today as it continues its approach towards the Caribbean. Forecasts say the intense conditions will included sustained winds up to 130 MPH, and the storm could end up hitting the south-eastern United States.

“There is an increasing chance of seeing some impact from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and Florida Keys this week and this weekend,” the National Hurricane Center said in a morning announcement. “In addition, rough surf and dangerous marine conditions will begin to affect the southeastern U.S. coast by later this week.”

Florida has declared a state of emergency as local governments brace themselves for any harsh conditions. Governor Rick Scott released a statement calling Irma a “life-threatening” situation, and that he is coordinating with local officials in preparation for when the storm hits.

“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Scott. “While the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared.”

Puerto Rico, Cuba and Saint Martin are just some of the islands in Irma’s direct path, and several countries have already released storm warnings.

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