The national centre for monitoring hurricanes the US later on Friday evening, September 8, again increased to the maximum of the fifth (on the Saffir-Simpson scale) category of danger of hurricane «Irma» approaching the Florida coast. Previously, the category was reduced to 4 minutes.
Currently, the «Irma» is moving from the Bahamas towards Florida. The wind speed reaches almost 260 km/h.
It is expected that the hurricane «Irma» reached the coast of Florida by Sunday morning, September 10, and Monday will reach and the state of Georgia.
According to experts, «Irma» is one of the most powerful hurricanes in the Atlantic ocean in the entire history of observations. As a result of the hurricane was already destroyed many houses on the Islands of Saint barthélemy, St. Martin and Barbuda. Killed at least 14 people, more than 100 got injured.
The fifth category of danger means that the potential damage in Florida and Georgia as a result of hurricane can be catastrophic. According to experts, hurricane «Irma» stronger than the storm «Harvey», who in late August made landfall in Texas and caused catastrophic flooding, which killed more than 60 people.