(Miami, FL) — A dangerous storm surge is being anticipated as Hurricane Irma makes its way to Florida. The NOAA says there is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding in portions of central and southern Florida, and a surge storm warning is in effect for the Florida Keys. The NOAA said the greatest surge risk is along the southwest coast of Florida. It warns of ten- to 15-feet of inundation above ground level. The National Hurricane Center believes Irma will gain strength before its anticipated landfall in Florida tomorrow morning. It is currently a Category Three hurricane with sustained winds of 125-miles-an-hour.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is making a last-ditch pitch for people in the path of Hurricane Irma to get out. Scott says there is still time to evacuate, though the window is closing. People south of Orlando in the central part of the state are being urged to hunker down and hope for the best. Those north of Orlando can still evacuate. The Florida Division of Emergency Management says more than six-million people have been issued evacuation orders. Tens of thousands of people are already without electricity as the hurricane sets a track for the state.
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