Largest evacuation in US history: 5.6 million people ordered to leave Florida as Irma strengthens to Category Five again

10:50 • 09.09.17



The largest evacuation in US history is underway as more than 5.6 million people have been ordered to leave Florida before Category 5 Hurricane Irma strikes the Sunshine State. 

According to the Daily Mail, state's Gov Rick Scott urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible on Friday. He warned those who plan to stay, that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk.


He explained that the biggest concern with the powerful hurricane is the predicted storm surge that will come along with the lashing winds and heavy rains.

Andrew Sussman, the state's hurricane program manager, said Friday the total of those urged to flee Florida includes people throughout the southern half of the state, as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing.


Florida is the nation's third-largest state with nearly 21million people, according to the U.S. Census.  


Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State on Sunday. 

 

The storm was first downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 4 earlier on Friday morning.

But as of Friday night, it is back again to being a Category 5 and will be the fourth Category 5 that has hit US mainland.

 

 

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