Hurricane Irma Threatens To 'Devastate' U.S.

"Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states."

Hurricane Irma is set to "devastate" the United States declared Brock Long, the Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency while speaking to the press today.

"Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states," Long said. Irma was a Category 5 hurricane, the most dangerous measure by the National Hurricane Center, before being downgraded to Category 4 early Friday after pummeling islands in the Caribbean. The United States has experienced only three Category 5 storms since 1851 and Irma is far larger than the last one to hit the United States in 1992, Hurricane Andrew, according to Long.

Mr. Brock said that Hurricane Irma was wider than the entire state of Florida.

Officials have thousands of personnel ready to respond and millions of meals and liters of water in place nearby, Long said.The National Weather Service said that Friday was the last day to evacuate before winds would start to reach unsafe speeds in Florida.Airlines added extra flights from Florida on Thursday before announcing plans to halt service from some southern Florida airports starting Friday afternoon.

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