Hurricane Irma is gaining strength and size as she barrels towards the United States. She is now a category 5 with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph, becoming the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin since 2007.
JD Rudd, a meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, created a few images showing just how big Irma became overnight.
— ⚡JD Rudd ☈ (@jdrudd) September 5, 2017
Irma is significantly larger than the state of Ohio. She is a big, bad, dangerous beast.
Where she will make landfall is still to be determined, but it’s looking like a certainty that Florida will take a direct hit, be it on the east coast or west coast. Governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency.
Make your preparations now, Florida friends!
Meanwhile, if you insist on looking the storm in the eye, do it here:
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 5, 2017