Orange juice prices jump as Irma approaches Florida

Jerome Frank
September 6, 2017

The threat posed to the USA mainland by Irma, described by NHC forecasters as a "potentially catastrophic" storm, loomed as Texas and Louisiana continued to reel from widespread destructive flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

- Moving west at 15 miles per hour towards the northern Leeward Islands. On Monday, Scott declared a state of emergency in all of Florida's 67 counties.

In the USA state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott also declared an emergency across the entire state in order to give local authorities time to prepare for a potential landfall.

Coast Guard crew members and helicopters that assisted in rescue missions in southeast Texas for Hurricane Harvey were also starting to return to their home stations, including Florida, to prepare for Irma, a Coast Guard spokesman said. "The change of direct impacts from Irma later this week. continues to increase in the Florida Key and portions of the Florida Peninsula". Mandatory evacuations for tourists and residents in the Florida Keys are planned for Wednesday.

In the day's other major story, Hurricane Irma is now the most powerful storm ever recorded in the open Atlantic Ocean;. "The hope would be that this thing would dissipate and just go into the Atlantic, but we've got to prepare for the worst".

Hurricane Irma - with its ferocious 185 miles per hour winds - made landfall in the Caribbean early Wednesday, slamming into Antigua and Barbuda as it headed for Puerto Rico.

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The storm is already heading towards the small northern Leeward islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, and is tracking towards Cuba, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency in response to the approach of Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane as of Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Katrina, which struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.

A hurricane watch covers Haiti and the south-eastern Bahamas. "I think everybody has got to assume the you're going to be impacted", he said.

Forecasters remain uncertain of the exact path for Hurricane Irma, but the Category 5 storm now ranks among the top seven for wind speeds among Atlantic hurricanes. Another 7,000 National Guard members will report to duty Friday when the storm could be bearing down, though it's too early to know exactly where it may hit.

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