Hurricane Irma, now classified as a Category 5 storm, is expected to make landfall in the Northeast Caribbean Islands later on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Hurricane Irma was still 270 miles out to sea, east of Antigua, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) described it as “extremely dangerous”, upgrading it to the highest classification, the first hurricane to reach that intensity over the Atlantic Ocean since 2007.
— Eric Snitil (@EricSnitilWx) September 5, 2017
“There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend,” said the NHC advisory. “Otherwise, it is still too early to determine what direct impacts Irma might have on the continental United States.”
Sustained winds of 175 MPH were recorded and Irma is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain on the mainland. Rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Some sources believe that Irma may prove to be more destructive than Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas eleven days ago. Harvey is now the costliest natural disaster in US history, leaving $190 billion of damage in its wake.
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in all 67 counties in his state.
“In Florida, we always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and while the exact path of Irma is not absolutely known at this time, we cannot afford to not be prepared,” Scott said in a statement released late Monday afternoon. “This state of emergency allows our emergency management officials to act swiftly in the best interest of Floridians without the burden of bureaucracy or red tape.”
I have declared a state of emergency for every FL county to help state, federal and local governments work together as we prepare for #Irma.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 4, 2017
The director of the Puerto Rico’s power company predicted that storm damage could leave some areas without electricity for four to six months. But “some areas will have power (back) in less than a week,” Ricardo Ramos told radio station Notiuno 630 AM.
Urgent: If you are not aware and up to date on Hurricane Irma, read up on it now. Folks this is potentially more dangerous than Harvey.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) September 4, 2017
Hurricane Irma is part of a prophecy related to the solar eclipse that transversed the continental United States three weeks ago. One week before the solar eclipse, Breaking Israel News presented an article describing a prophecy in the Yalkut Moshe, written by Rabbi Moshe ben Yisrael Benyamin in Safed in 1894. Rabbi Benyamin predicted that when a solar eclipse occurs at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, as this one did, “It is a bad sign for the other nations, bringing great damage to the kings of the East, and bringing great storms.”
When the eclipse’s path of totality passed out to sea over the Atlantic Ocean, it crossed over three storm systems. One of the systems touched by the dark path of the eclipse was the now infamous Hurricane Harvey, currently the second-most costly natural disaster in US history, and another was Hurricane Irma.