By Matt Bach/AP Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 storm, which means the storm is expected to make landfall in Florida by Wednesday.
It’s expected to move inland as it moves south and west over the next few days.
Hurricanes can change track so quickly, they can change course in less than a day, and that’s the extent of what’s expected.
Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday evening and ordered the state’s airports to close at 8 p.m.
(11 p. m.
The storm will weaken as it heads east and is expected be less than 100 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the state of Florida.
Irma is the second storm to make land in Florida this week, and the third storm to hit the Sunshine State since Irma struck on September 1.
Florida has had four major hurricanes since then.
Irma hit the state on September 22, damaging homes and destroying a golf course.
The National Hurricane Center said it’s expected “extremely low” wind speeds and “extremely strong winds” that could bring down power lines and other infrastructure in Florida.
This is an unprecedented event and the impacts are devastating, including the destruction of homes and the loss of life, the center said in a statement Wednesday.
Irma has made landfall in parts of the southern Caribbean, Florida, the Bahamas and northern Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Centre.