It’s Official: Hurricane Irma Prompts the Largest Mass Evacuation in U.S. History
All eyes are on the state of Florida as Hurricane Irma is set to make landfall. The country came together as Hurricane Harvey destroyed parts of Texas and surely we’ll see the same in Florida.
Governor Rick Scott has officially ordered the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history — a whopping 6.3 million people have been asked to vacate the following areas:
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 9, 2017
USA Today reported earlier in the week that Irma may prompt the largest evacuation in U.S. history:
People in parts of three Florida counties faced mandatory evacuation orders Thursday and officials in two other counties issued voluntary orders to leave in advance of Hurricane Irma, a storm that could create one of the largest mass exoduses in U.S. history as additional evacuations are announced.
The eye of the storm is expected to make landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys and travel up the Atlantic coastline, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“Do not sit and wait for this storm to come,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “Get out now.”
And Florida residents and visitors are doing just that, causing traffic delays on portions of Interstates 95 and 75 and the Florida Turnpike, according to a Google map of traffic-cam data from the Florida Department of Transportation.
Many people in Florida are evacuating their homes as Irma approaches the United States. President Trump is working with Florida Governor Rick Scott to get supplies to people affected. A state of emergency has been declared in Florida.
The First Lady sent out a heartfelt message, “If you are in or near projected path of Hurricane Irma please listen to local law enforcement in the area. Stay safe!!!”
If you are in or near projected path of #HurricaneIrma please listen to local law enforcement in the area. Stay safe!!!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 8, 2017