Sept. 9, 2017
The National Hurricane Center issued a new track positioning report at 11 a.m. The Center downgraded Irma to a Category 3 hurricane, but warned that it will likely intensify again to a Category 4 before making landfall in Florida.
Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Saturday morning had a dire warning for his state’s residents sitting in the crosshairs of Hurricane Irma: “Once the storm starts, law enforcement cannot save you.”
“If you’ve been ordered to evacuate, you need to leave now,” the governor said Saturday, just before 10 a.m. “Do not wait. Evacuate. Not tonight, not in an hour. You need to go right now. If you’re in an evacuation zone, leave.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, the eye of powerful Hurricane Irma is expected to hit southwest Florida and Tampa sometime Sunday, but the entire state will feel the storm’s effects.