Hurricane Irma is going to “devastate” parts of the United States, the country’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has said.
The storm has been downgraded to a category four but is still packing winds of 155mph as it rolls ominously towards Florida.
FEMA chief Brock Long told reporters: “Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states.”
He warned that parts of Florida would be out of electricity for days if not longer and that more than 100,000 people may need shelter.
America’s National Hurricane Centre has warned of a “life-threatening storm surge and wind impacts to much of the state”.
The storm, which has already killed at least 19 people, is expected to reach Florida on Saturday.
Hundreds of people have been lining up in Miami to buy bottled water while motorists have queued around the block to buy petrol.
President Trump tweeted: “Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen. Be safe and get out of its way, if possible. Federal G is ready!”
SOURCE: Sky News