miami - Florida has called for 5.6 million people to leave the state in anticipation of the Irma monster crash. That dizzying figure is more than a quarter of the total population.
The call is aimed primarily at people in the south of the US state who live in unstable homes. Irma is expected to land in Flordia on Sunday. Although the hurricane had just been tainted to a stupid of the fourth category, its strength has now been swung back to the highest category.
Above sea, Irma is currently recruiting and strives on Florida where it will land on Sunday. On the Florida Keys, an elaborate ribbon of about 1700 islands, the wind was already awake on Saturday. The meteorologists have warned of extreme high tide.
Governor Rick Scott calls for consecutive days that the people in Florida have to put themselves in safety. Earlier, 500,000 residents were already allowed to leave. According to Scott, it is the most dangerous storm Florida has ever experienced. The exodus from the state is therefore massive. There are long files and in many places the gasoline is on. Also, thousands of people try to leave the state by plane. On Twitter circles a bizarre photo showing current air traffic around Florida.
In the meanwhile, the backlogers are doing everything they can to keep the storm as good as possible. Food is thrown and windows and doors are sealed.
As a result of Irma, so far 19 people have been killed. Thousands of people became homeless. On St. Maarten the ravage is huge. The relief on the island is slowing down through the debris. In many places there is no drinking water and food is hardly available. 49-year-old Dutchman Emile van der Weerd sends an alarm via Facebook. 'People are working hard to win water or food. Even if they have to emptied houses. '
Currently there is a device with auxiliaries on the way to Curacao. The KLM device left Saturday morning from Schiphol and was filled with 60 tons of tarpaulins, jerrycans, generators and other equipment by the Red Cross.