Florida braces for Hurricane Irma

florida-irmaHurricane Irma forcing mass evacuations from Florida, even cruise ships are being used to rescue people from the path of this storm.

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, Six million ordered to flee Florida as storm hits Cuba with maximum force.

Authorities opened hundreds of shelters for people who did not leave. Hotels as far away as Atlanta filled up with evacuees. ATM machines across southwest Florida were out of cash as people stocked up in case Hurricane Irma power outages make credit card transactions impossible.

ATM machines across southwest Florida were out of cash as people stocked up in case Hurricane Irma power outages make credit card transactions impossible.

Traffic rolls at a crawl on the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near the intersection of I-75 in Wildwood.

Irma now Category 5, shifts west creating “very dangerous situation” for SW Floride. The latest satellite, radar, forecast path maps of Category 5 Hurricane Irma, now 275 miles from Miami and winds hit 160 mph (260 kph). Meteorologists expect Irma to make landfall in the Keys between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Irma killed at least 20 people in the Caribbean and left thousands homeless.