Hurricane Irma, which is barreling toward several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, has just broken a record.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 5, 2017
Irma is now the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm packs up to 180 mile-per-hour winds (stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts in 2005) and is forecast to remain a category 4 or 5 hurricane for the next couple of days. On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for his entire state in preparation for a possible landfall there:
I have declared a state of emergency for every FL county to help state, federal and local governments work together as we prepare for #Irma.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) September 4, 2017