President Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida Ahead of Hurricane Irma

In the last few hours, the storm got a little smaller, with winds extending outward of 50 miles from the center.

"This morning I requested President [Donald] Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency for the entire state of Florida", the governor said. The intensity of Irma could fluctuate as it moves over the mountainous regions of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.

In the USA state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott also declared an emergency across the entire state in order to give local authorities time to prepare for a potential landfall.

Residents of the East and Gulf coasts in Florida were urged Tuesday night by meteorologists, local and national authorities one and all to "prepare now for the arrival of Hurricane Irma".

As Houston continues to cope with flooding and damage from the devastating Hurricane Harvey, another storm - Hurricane Irma - is headed toward Florida.

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Officials in the Florida Keys geared up to get tourists and residents out of Irma's path, and the mayor of Miami-Dade county said people should be prepared to evacuate Miami Beach and most of the county's coastal areas. But the storm is closing in on the record set by Hurricane Allen in 1980, which reached maximum sustained winds of 190 miles per hour.

Winds battering trees, giant ocean waves and other sounds that Hurricane Irma has unleashed on islands like Guadalupe are what made it possible for earthquake-measuring devices to pick up the storm.

The National Hurricane Center forecast cone only projects five days because storm forecasting skill falls dramatically thereafter. We are still in the cone of uncertainty at this point so we need to prepare for a possible impact from this unsafe storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott held a briefing on Irma Tuesday evening after declaring a state of emergency.

"If you can't go to the left and you can't go to the right and you can only go one way, it means you have to leave earlier", Landrieu said.

Predicting the hurricane's path later in the week is more hard, but hurricane warnings have been posted for the Dominican Republic and watches for Haiti, Cuba and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Irma is moving toward the U.S. Mainland and landfall is expected this weekend.

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