Hurricane Irma Hits Caribbean Island of Barbuda
Albanian Daily News
Published September 6, 2017
The eye of Hurricane Irma is passing over the Caribbean island of Barbuda.
The massive Category 5 storm was packing winds of up to 185 mph early Wednesday morning, the US National Hurricane Center said. It was aiming for several islands, including Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the US Virgin Islands.
The storm churned toward Caribbean islands early Wednesday, sending panicked residents stocking up on food and water, and an anxious Florida wondering how badly it'll get hit.
It's too early to tell whether it will make landfall on the US mainland, but forecasts show it could churn toward Florida over the weekend.
Jimmy Brumbaugh packed up his family in their RV and left Astatula, Florida, for Georgia, to wait out Hurricane Irma. As he headed out of town, he posted a picture showing a long line of cars, waiting to get gas.
"People are genuinely scared down here," he said. "... We are dead center in the state but I'm not taking any chances, I also don't want to put my family through the misery of riding out the storm we've done it before and it's horrible."
In Eustis, northwest of Orlando, Pat Arnold and her husband took precautions in case Irma hit.
"My husband and I prepared for Irma by getting some cash out, fueling cars and filling gas cans with non-ethanol gas (for use with our chainsaw if needed), ... and making sure we have enough batteries, canned food etc," she told CNN.
She posted a picture showing bare shelves at her local Publix.
From Miami Beach to Ocala, Florida residents braced for the storm, with some posting images of empty shelves at the local grocery stores.