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    We expect something like a hurricane or two every now and then along the coast. but are we really ever ready for something like this. Harvey got our full attention. Disaster relief has been sent to the area to help the disaster. Now, we are waiting for disaster relief from the Northern states for this. Water disappeared from the shelves so quickly today.

    This is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record now. Irma, go away.
     
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    Prayers for you and yours and everyone else affected by this monster. Get safe and stay safe.
     
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    A significant part of my childhood was destroyed by Harvey, and I have a lot of Florida connections.
    I just hope for everyone's safety, the rest is unimportant.
     
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    The governor just declared a state of emergency for my county. Looks like we'll be headed west come Friday.
     
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    Looks like Irma's brought some buddies with her to continue with the devastation.

    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/n...tional-hurricane-center-forecast-track/85921#

    Forecasters are now tracking three hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin: Irma, Jose, and Katia.

    Jose and Katia were both upgraded to category 1 hurricanes Wednesday afternoon, with sustained winds of 120 km/h. All eyes are on the monster category 5 storm that is Irma, but we still need to keep track on Jose and Katia.

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    Jose quickly intensified over the past 24 hours into a category 1 hurricane and there’s no reason, meteorologically, for the strengthening to stop. Jose is located about 1700 km west of the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The recent forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Jose strengthening into a category 2 storm by Thursday and possibly a major hurricane by Friday. A major hurricane is any hurricane category 3 or higher. Jose is forecast to continue on a west-northwest track hot on the heels of Irma.

    Forecast confidence is low at this point in where Jose will go as we approach the weekend, but it is certainly one to watch as it nears the Lesser Antilles still fresh of Irma’s devastating impacts Tuesday and Wednesday. It is too soon to forecast rain and wind impacts from Jose, but it is one to monitor over the next several days.

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    Katia became a tropical storm Wednesday morning and rapidly intensified into a category 1 hurricane by Wednesday evening. Katia is located in the Gulf of Mexico north-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. The good news is there is little to no impact for flood-ravaged southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana from Katia. The storm is forecast to curl back into the coast of Mexico, with hurricane watches in place for parts of the Mexican coast.

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    The West Coast is on fire, the South is drowning, and now this. Best wishes that everyone in the path and their animals remain safe.
     
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    Thinking of all you guys affected. Stay safe!!
     
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    Ditto what Free says ... this chain of events has a spooky context. Be safe everyone!


    @Free was there any noted connection with all these cropping up at once??
     
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    'Tis just the season, unfortunately. About 95% of hurricanes occur between August and September. However, I think we're seeing the results of climate change and what to expect in the future as our Earth as her waters warm.
     
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    They shouldn't come all at once though :(
    I can't disagree about the climate change.
     
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    Great article @Free!

    I'm posting another one (a bit longer) just to show impact of Irma so far.

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/hurricane...kes-first-095907311--abc-news-topstories.html

    Hurricane Irma causes at least 3 deaths in Caribbean as Florida, Georgia, SC brace for storm
    [​IMG] TARA FOWLER, EMILY SHAPIRO, JULIA JACOBO and MARK OS

    Hurricane Irma lashed the Caribbean today, causing at least three deaths, while in the U.S., Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are facing states of emergency as residents brace for the monster storm.

    The storm -- called "extremely dangerous" by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) -- currently has sustained winds of 185 mph and even higher gusts.

    The storm's impact on the Caribbean islands
    On Wednesday afternoon, Irma was battering the Caribbean, destroying about 90 percent of the structures and vehicles on Barbuda, officials said.

    In St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, at least two people died and at least two others were seriously wounded, according to a spokesperson for France’s ministry for its overseas territories.

    At least one person died in Barbuda, where there is widespread damage, said Midcie Francis, a spokeswoman for Antigua & Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services.

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    Aerial footage from Barbuda showed widespread devastation on the island.

    Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, described the damage on Barbuda as "unprecedented" and called the island "barely habitable."

    Irma, which is approximately 450 miles wide, has had sustained winds of at least 180 mph for a longer period of time than any other Atlantic storm on record.

    As of 8 p.m. ET, Irma was about 50 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico and moving west at about 16 mph. The hurricane is forecast to move north of U.S. territory this evening, unleashing strong winds and heavy rain.

    Persistent heavy rain from Irma is expected to continue for hours and flash floodwarnings have been issued across northeastern Puerto Rico, including San Juan. Flash flooding was occurring in Puerto Rico as of 8 p.m.

    Hurricane warnings have been issued for much of the central Bahamas, while a hurricane watch has been issued for much of the northwestern Bahamas.

    Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of Cuba, including Guantanamo, Holguin, and Las Tunas provinces. The hurricane warning for Saint Martin has been discontinued.

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    The track of Hurricane Irma
    The storm will gradually begin to weaken as it crosses through the Caribbean, but it will still remain a powerful Category 5 storm through Friday, forecasters predict.

    Irma's projected path goes through the Bahamas Friday into Saturday morning and the storm is expected to curve north toward Florida by late Saturday afternoon.

    On Sunday morning, Irma is expected to approach just south of Miami as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. Forecasts show Irma weakening to a Category 3 hurricane near Daytona Beach on Monday morning as it creeps up the east coast.

    The storm is expected to then move up the Florida coast as a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph.

    Georgia and South Carolina are in the northern edge of the forecast cone as well.

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    The current spaghetti models show Irma taking an eastern shift, which could mean a possible landfall on the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.

    Some spaghetti models show the storm moving even further away from Florida's east coast.

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    People are stranded on Caribbean islands
    Today, as the rain pummels Puerto Rico, some tourists and residents are stranded.

    Rows of shops are boarded up today in one San Juan neighborhood as heavy wind and rain batters the area. The streets are deserted, with just a few scattered cars on the road.

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    Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello warned of Irma's destructive and told the public, "There is no reason to be outside."

    Officials said over 1,000 people are in shelters and some 300,000 people have lost power.

    Two visitors to Puerto Rico who were holed up on the sixth floor of a villa told ABC News that the howling winds sound like a freight train going through a building. They said the rains and waves are so powerful that water is coming through windows and flooding their room.

    A shopkeeper in Old San Juan told ABC News on Tuesday that his shelves were mostly full, and to him, it didn't seem as if all locals appeared to be taking the storm very seriously.

    Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5 as 2nd storm forms behind it

    Hurricane Irma 'could be worse' than Hurricane Andrew, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warns

    Florida 'prepares for the worst and hopes for the best' before Hurricane Irma

    The Sunshine State prepares 'for the worst'
    Preparations are already underway in Florida, which could face "direct impacts," according to the NHC, though it's too soon to tell for sure.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- who declared a statewide state of emergency on Monday -- said this afternoon about 25,000 people have already evacuated.

    Hundreds of thousands of Floridians have been ordered to evacuate: Mandatory evacuations have already been ordered for Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, and coastal parts of Broward County and Miami-Dade County.

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    Many residents of the Keys -- which the governor said is expected to be affected on Sunday -- didn't wait until today's mandatory evacuation and instead evacuated Tuesday.

    The Keys' famous tourist street, Duval Street, was nearly empty today.

    One Keys apartment building owner told ABC News she thinks the devastation left behind in the Houston area by Hurricane Harvey is on people's minds. She said nearly all of her tenants have evacuated, and she's encouraging them to do so, explaining that "this storm is different."

    Some Keys residents told ABC News they are preparing to stay, but they aren't ruling out evacuating if necessary. They say they are monitoring the forecast and will make a decision Thursday or Friday.

    On Wednesday evening, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared mandatory evacuations in the county's barrier islands, including Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and much of Coral Gables.

    On "Good Morning America" today, Scott warned that Irma could be worse than Hurricane Andrew, which devastated the Sunshine State 25 years ago.

    Scott also said the state needs more volunteers, estimating the need for 17,000 volunteers state-wide.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced concerns about price gouging in the state as residents preprae for the storm.

    Bondi's office has processed more than 500 complaints of price gouging and still has more than 1,000 complaints to go, she said. Most of the complaints are coming from South Florida and are having to do with the prices of food, water and ice, Bondi said.

    The attorney general said the state's residents are particularly susceptible to price gouging because of its large senior population.

    To avoid shortages, Gov. Scott orders residents to only take what they need
    Scott urged people to be prepared but to also take only what they will need.

    "Three days of water per person, three days of food," he said. "Take enough but take only what you need, don't take more."

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    ABC News was at a Miami megastore where people were lined up for hours hoping to get water. Even after store officials came outside to say there was no more water, the line continued to grow.

    Another nearby store opened at 6 a.m. today, and by 6:08 a.m., the water was sold out.

    Long lines are forming all over Florida for gas, and in Miami and West Palm Beach, more than 25 percent of gas stations are out, according to GasBuddy.

    The Florida governor's office said the state is moving as much fuel through the system as fast as possible and is prepared to survey and coordinate fuel supply and resupply along evacuation routes. The state said emergency fuel contractors have secured 1.5 million gallons of fuel for initial delivery and confirmed that additional fuel supply is on standby for future deliveries.

    Other states in the South prepare for Irma
    In Georgia, states of emergency have been declared for six coastal counties, as Gov. Nathan Deal in a statement urged "Georgians in the affected counties to remain vigilant and be prepared."

    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has also declared a state of emergency for his state, saying today, "South Carolina is fortunate to have time to allow us to prepare for Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall and it is important that families and individuals in vulnerable areas use that time to review safety plans in case they are needed.”

    Three hurricanes are currently churning in the Atlantic
    Jose, another storm following behind Irma on a similar path, was upgraded today from a tropical storm to a hurricane. With 75 mph winds, the Category 1 storm could be near major hurricane strength on Friday. No watches or warnings are currently in effect, though residents of the Leeward Islands should monitor the storm.

    Hurricane Katia is currently forming in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 5 p.m., it was moving southeast at 3 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

    The Mexican government has issued a hurricane watch for the coast in the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde, according to the NHC.

    Browne is looking to evacuate the entire island of Barbuda -- about 1,600 residents -- in the event that another hurricane strikes.

    ABC News' Max Golembo, Linzie Janis, Gio Benitez, Melissa Griffin, Josh Hoyos, Sam Wnek and Ben Stein contributed to this report.

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Hurricane Irma did not make landfall on Barbuda.
     
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    My friend has been called into Miami for rescue operations there.
     
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    Sorry Wyote.
    You are still kicking though. That's a win.
     
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    This storm should rewrite the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale. This is more like a Category 6 would be. Everyone wish and pray for a strong and quick ENE turn.
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    Stay safe.
     
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    Quite a lot of people are heading out of the state. Massive evacuations the news is reporting.
     
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    With the last estimates, I don't even know what to wish for. I heard Florida and other traffic all the way to I-26 was traveling 21 MPH, whether that is the case or not. Coastal HWY 17 has more traffic going north than I have seen.
     
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    I know of a guy who has chosen to stay in the Florida Keys. It's weird how people think they are invincible. Pretty sure he isn't going to make it.

    Have got some other people currently boarding up their homes and some who stopped running their businesses a day or two ago.

    I remember the impact of Andrew when I was a kid. The news coverage and recovery period lasted a very long time.

    I'm surprised to see the strength of this thing maintaining as well as it has and for as long.
     
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    Need to get things moving quietly, carefully, and hope everyone finds the supplies they need to get out of Florida. God speed to all involved. Remember to thank those who have gas and water for you, for it has run out in places and they are resupplying as fast as they can.
     
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