Hurricane Irma changed its course on Saturday, the hurricane is heading towards Florida with strong and powerful 125 mph winds. The hurricane has shifted its track from Miami, Tampa is now on Irma’s radar. The hurricane threatened Tampa completely as it will the first direct strike of Category 5 hurricane.
Governor Rick Scott issued warning for evacuation zones residents, “You need to leave — not tonight, not in an hour, right now.” Gov. warned people for immediate evacuation.
As per prediction, the hurricane is supposed to arrive Tampa on Sunday morning. Several St. Petersburg’s businesses had put hurricane shutters or plywood on the windows in order to protect themselves from the upcoming disaster. The category 5 hurricane now becomes a headache for the whole Sunshine State.
An entrepreneur in St. Petersburg Jeff Beerbohm, 52, said, “For five days, we were told it was going to be on the east coast, and then 24 hours before it hits, we’re now told it’s coming up the west coast.” Beerbohm added, “As usual, the weatherman, I don’t know why they’re paid.”
According to the spokesperson for National Hurricane Center, Dennis Feltgen, Tampa was last hit by the major hurricane in 1921, at that time the population of Tampa was only around 10,000 which is now about 3 million.
Every part of Florida would be affected by the Hurricane Irma. Pinellas County has issued the evacuation order for 260,000 people. Irma has already killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean islands chain, the hurricane leaves its destruction marks in Barbuda, Antigua, St. Martin, St. Thomas and St. Barts.
Hurricane Irma slightly dropped its strength in the morning. But according to the forecast, the hurricane is supposed to pick up the momentum and strength before targeting Florida.
The state starting feel the hurricane on Saturday. Around 25,000 people had lost power due to the strong winds, the power lost mostly affected Miami area.